Sherwin-Williams Company

(

SHW

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company fell $1.93 (-1.5%) to $129.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $127.92-$132.27 after having opened the day at $131.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.54. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were:

China Advanced Construction Materials Group

(

CADC

), down 20%,

USG

(

USG

), down 18.1%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), down 8.4%, and

Eagle Materials

(

EXP

), down 7.1%.

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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 $13.59 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, 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 47.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. 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 positive front,

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

(

CBI

), up 7.8%,

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), up 6.8%,

Caesarstone Sdot-Yam

(

CSTE

), up 6.7%, and

Goldfield

(

GV

), up 5.5%, were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with

Fluor Corporation

(

FLR

) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the materials & construction industry could consider

SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF

(

XHB

) while those bearish on the materials & construction industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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