The materials & construction industry closed the day up 0.1%. Nobility Homes Inc ( NOBH), India Globalization Capital Inc ( IGC), Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), and TRC Companies Inc ( TRR) were all winners today within the materials & construction industry with Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) being today's featured materials & construction winner. Sherwin-Williams Company rose $1.57 (1.9%) to $84.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares.

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 $8.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, below the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 18.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Standard Pacific ( SPF), Patrick Industries Inc ( PATK), US Concrete Inc ( USCR), and MYR Group Inc ( MYRG) were all losers within the materials & construction industry with Vulcan Materials Company ( VMC) being today's materials & construction industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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).