Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW): Today's Featured Chemicals Winner

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Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose $3.12 (1.7%) to $189.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 527,067 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 739,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $186.13-$189.78 after having opened the day at $188.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $186.08. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: REX American Resources ( REX), up 8.4%, Solazyme ( SZYM), up 4.1%, Rentech Nitrogen Partners ( RNF), up 2.8% and Rentech ( RTK), up 2.8%.
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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 $19.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, BioFuel Energy Corporation ( BIOF), down 6.8%, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), down 6.5%, Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), down 3.3% and Senomyx ( SNMX), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with CF Industries Holdings ( CF) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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