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

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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 1.2%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose $3.20 (1.8%) to $184.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 886,907 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 819,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $181.70-$184.78 after having opened the day at $182.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $181.03. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 18.2%, Comstock ( CHCI), up 12.7%, Goldfield ( GV), up 9.0% and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 8.3%.
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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 America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean region. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sherwin-Williams Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 4.3%, Argan ( AGX), down 3.8%, Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 3.0% and A V Homes ( AVHI), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with USG ( USG) being today's materials & construction industry laggard.

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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