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 up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose $5.20 (4.4%) to $124.34 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $118.71-$125 after having opened the day at $118.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.14. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were:

Energy Solutions

(

ES

), up 8.7%,

Skyline Corporation

(

SKY

), up 8.5%,

Headwaters

(

HW

), up 7.2%, and

Comstock Homebuilding Companies

(

CHCI

), up 6.4%.

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 $12.27 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 26.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight 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, notable return on equity, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Avalon Holdings

(

AWX

), down 10.8%,

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), down 7.9%,

India Globalization Capital

(

IGC

), down 7.7%, and

Caesarstone Sdot-Yam

(

CSTE

), down 4.5%, were all losers within the materials & construction industry with

Vulcan Materials Company

(

VMC

) 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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