Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Loser

Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company fell $2.62 (-2%) to $130.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $128.49-$132 after having opened the day at $132 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $132.82. Other company's within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 10.7%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 5.6%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), down 5.5%, and Xinyuan Real Estate ( XIN), down 4.4%.

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 $13.73 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.8, above the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio of 29.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 48.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, 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 has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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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