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

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Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) pushed the Chemicals industry lower today making it today's featured Chemicals laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company fell $2.05 (-1.1%) to $175.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 715,478 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 771,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $175.16-$177.83 after having opened the day at $176.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $177.84. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that declined today were: GSE ( GSE), down 7.4%, Intrepid Potash ( IPI), down 6.9%, Valspar Corporation ( VAL), down 6.2% and Taminco ( TAM), down 5.0%.

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 $18.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 positive front, China Green Agriculture ( CGA), up 10.8%, Ceres ( CERE), up 6.6%, American Pacific Corporation ( APFC), up 3.5% and Senomyx ( SNMX), up 3.4% , were all gainers within the chemicals industry with LyondellBasell Industries ( LYB) being today's featured chemicals industry leader.

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