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 $2.62 (1.5%) to $179.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 800,518 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 751,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $175.72-$179.28 after having opened the day at $175.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.43. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were: Senomyx ( SNMX), up 36.5%, Valhi ( VHI), up 11.4%, Hawkins ( HWKN), up 3.2% and REX American Resources ( REX), up 3.0%.

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 $17.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. 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, Lightbridge ( LTBR), down 11.9%, Intrepid Potash ( IPI), down 7.3%, Metabolix ( MBLX), down 6.4% and PetroLogistics ( PDH), down 4.6% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with Williams Partners ( WPZ) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the chemicals industry could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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