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

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Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company fell $2.20 (-1.1%) to $195.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 394,433 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 760,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $195.77-$199.57 after having opened the day at $198.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $197.97. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 22.8%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 17.5%, Real Goods Solar ( RGSE), down 17.3% and Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), down 16.0%.

The Sherwin-Williams Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers worldwide. Sherwin-Williams Company has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 13.1%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 12.8%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 7.2% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 5.6%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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