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Last up is Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), the $14 billion paint company that's rallied more than 56% this year on the heels of strong financial performance. The firm owns an attractive portfolio of brands that range from its namesake label to Dutch Boy, Krylon and Thompson's Water Seal.

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Sherwin-Williams is unique because it owns approximately 3,340 stores spread throughout North America. Those stores offer customers the chance to talk to paint experts who have more in-depth knowledge of SHW's products than a big box retailer can provide. Owning stores isn't a cheap proposition, but the benefits of owning its own distribution network are substantial, particularly for sales to professional painters.

While a soft real estate market was a drag on earnings for Sherwin-Williams a couple of years ago, the firm managed to push its top line numbers above their pre-recession peaks last year. And now, as more consumers look to invest in home improvements in the year ahead, SHW should be able to keep its stock rally in force.

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-- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore.


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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Jonas Elmerraji, based out of Baltimore, is the editor and portfolio manager of the Rhino Stock Report, a free investment advisory that returned 15% in 2008. He is a contributor to numerous financial outlets, including Forbes and Investopedia, and has been featured in Investor's Business Daily, in Consumer's Digest and on

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