Sherwin-Williams Company

(

SHW

) pushed the Materials & Construction industry higher today making it today's featured materials & construction winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose 63 cents (0.8%) to $84.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 999,011 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $83.42-$84.96 after having opened the day at $84.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.63. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Guanwei Recycling

(

GPRC

), up 13.3%,

India Globalization Capital Inc

(

IGC

), up 9.7%,

Louisiana-Pacific

(

LPX

), up 5%, and

Cemex S.A.B. de C.V

(

CX

), up 4.8%.

The Sherwin-Williams Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products primarily in North and South America, the Caribbean region, Europe, and Asia. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $8.68 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

WCA Waste Corporation

(

WCAA

), down 12.7%,

PGT Inc

(

PGTI

), down 7%,

Hovnanian Enterprises Inc

(

HOV

), down 6.6%, and

Foster Wheeler

(

FWLT

), down 5.1%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with

McDermott International Inc

(

MDR

) being today's materials & construction industry loser.

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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