Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW): Today's Featured Materials & Construction Laggard

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Sherwin-Williams Company ( SHW) pushed the Materials & Construction industry lower today making it today's featured Materials & Construction laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company fell $6.61 (-3.3%) to $193.89 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,518,223 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 751,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $192.33-$199.10 after having opened the day at $198.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $200.50. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that declined today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 8.1%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 5.6%, Installed Building Products ( IBP), down 5.4% and Nuverra Environmental Solutions ( NES), down 5.0%.

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 $20.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 11.9%, Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V ( ICA), up 5.9%, Cemex S.A.B. de C.V ( CX), up 5.0% and Avalon Holdings ( AWX), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the materials & construction industry with Eagle Materials ( EXP) being today's featured materials & construction industry leader.

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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