Investors sold shares of Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE:SHW) on strength during trading on Friday. $39.81 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $56.68 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $16.87 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Sherwin-Williams had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Sherwin-Williams traded up $4.42 for the day and closed at $306.52

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on SHW shares. Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a research report on Saturday, March 12th. Longbow Research upgraded shares of Sherwin-Williams from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $340.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, March 16th. Susquehanna upgraded shares of Sherwin-Williams from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating and increased their price target for the company from $260.00 to $370.00 in a research report on Monday, March 21st. Credit Suisse Group AG started coverage on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a research report on Tuesday, March 22nd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $308.00 price target for the company. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price target on shares of Sherwin-Williams from $315.00 to $337.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Sherwin-Williams has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $310.55.

The company has a market cap of $28.04 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.94. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $291.86 and its 200 day moving average price is $277.82.

Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported $1.81 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.62 by $0.19. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.38 EPS. The business earned $2.57 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.48 billion. Sherwin-Williams’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Sherwin-Williams Co. will post $12.67 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Sherwin-Williams news, insider Robert J. Davisson sold 3,591 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $292.21, for a total value of $1,049,326.11. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 8,650 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,527,616.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Allen J. Mistysyn sold 3,353 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $291.58, for a total value of $977,667.74. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 10,881 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,172,681.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Sherwin-Williams by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 8,826 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,291,000 after buying an additional 24 shares during the period. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS raised its position in shares of Sherwin-Williams by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 5,170 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,342,000 after buying an additional 80 shares during the period. Tredje AP fonden raised its stake in Sherwin-Williams by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. Tredje AP fonden now owns 5,461 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,418,000 after buying an additional 86 shares during the last quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC raised its stake in Sherwin-Williams by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC now owns 5,255 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,364,000 after buying an additional 120 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Herndon Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Sherwin-Williams by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Herndon Capital Management LLC now owns 5,947 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,544,000 after buying an additional 198 shares during the last quarter.

The Sherwin-Williams Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of paint, coatings and related products. The Company has four operating segments: Paint Stores Group, Consumer Group, Global Finishes Group and Latin America Coatings Group. The Paint Stores Group markets and sells architectural paint and coatings, protective and marine products, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) product finishes and related items.

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