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Sherwin-Williams Company



) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose $2.37 (1.6%) to $151.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 803,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $149.81-$152.41 after having opened the day at $150.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $149.39. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were:

Chase Corporation



), up 11.6%,

India Globalization Capital



), up 9.4%,

Avery Dennison



), up 8.4%, and

Plug Power



), up 8.3%.

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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 and South America, the Caribbean region, Europe, and Asia. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $15.46 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 67.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

A123 Systems



), down 33.3%,

Allegheny Technologies



), down 11.5%,




), down 9.1%, and

Real Goods Solar



), down 8.2%, were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with




) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

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



) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

ProShares Short Dow 30




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