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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sherwin-Williams Company rose $5.34 (2.8%) to $197.59 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,403,061 shares of Sherwin-Williams Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 749,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $193.30-$200.00 after having opened the day at $194.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $192.25. Other companies within the Materials & Construction industry that increased today were: China Ceramics ( CCCL), up 7.4%, Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 6.7%, Real Goods Solar ( RGSE), up 5.6% and Continental Building Products ( CBPX), up 3.9%.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 negative front, Skyline Corporation ( SKY), down 5.9%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 5.6%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 5.4% and India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the materials & construction industry with Lennar Corporation ( LEN) 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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