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Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose $3.03 (1.7%) to $184.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 491,391 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 782,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $181.77-$184.69 after having opened the day at $181.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $181.10. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Tower International (TOWR), up 17.6%, Metalico (MEA), up 13.3%, Tutor Perini (TPC), up 11.9% and Ballard Power Systems (BLDP), up 11.7%.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean region. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Ecotality (ECTY), down 9.6%, Triumph Group (TGI), down 7.2%, Comstock (CHCI), down 5.8% and Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI), down 4.6%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 (DOG).

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