McGraw Hill Financial Inc (MHFI): Today's Featured Diversified Services Laggard

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McGraw Hill Financial ( MHFI) pushed the Diversified Services industry lower today making it today's featured Diversified Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, McGraw Hill Financial fell $0.93 (-1.2%) to $79.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,714,299 shares of McGraw Hill Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,553,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.33-$80.48 after having opened the day at $80.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.27. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that declined today were: SmartPros ( SPRO), down 12.2%, InterCloud Systems ( ICLD), down 10.8%, Intersections ( INTX), down 8.7% and Hudson Global ( HSON), down 6.0%.

McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., a financial intelligence company, provides credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics to capital and commodity markets worldwide. McGraw Hill Financial has a market cap of $21.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McGraw Hill Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McGraw Hill Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, CTPartners Executive Search ( CTP), up 11.4%, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions ( KTOS), up 9.2%, WidePoint Corporation ( WYY), up 8.6% and New Oriental Education & Technology Group I ( EDU), up 8.6% , were all gainers within the diversified services industry with Visa ( V) being today's featured diversified services industry leader.

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