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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose $2.84 (1.5%) to $197.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 974,601 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 732,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $193.80-$198.70 after having opened the day at $194.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $194.53. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: Stock Building Supply Holdings ( STCK), up 10.2%, New Home Company ( NWHM), up 7.4%, Tutor Perini ( TPC), up 6.5% and CRH ( CRH), up 6.0%.

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 $19.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Sherwin-Williams Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year 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, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 17.3%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 9.3%, Trex Company ( TREX), down 8.2% and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 8.1% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX) 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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