News coverage about Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) has trended somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Sherwin-Williams earned a news sentiment score of 1.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the specialty chemicals company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Sherwin-Williams’ ranking:

Shares of Sherwin-Williams stock opened at $410.04 on Wednesday. Sherwin-Williams has a 52-week low of $355.28 and a 52-week high of $479.64. The firm has a market capitalization of $39.69 billion, a PE ratio of 28.74, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 1.34. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.19, a current ratio of 1.04 and a quick ratio of 0.66.

Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 25th. The specialty chemicals company reported $5.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $5.71 by ($0.03). Sherwin-Williams had a net margin of 10.92% and a return on equity of 45.22%. The business had revenue of $4.73 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.78 billion. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Sherwin-Williams will post 19.12 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 7th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 16th will be paid a $0.86 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 15th. This represents a $3.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.84%. Sherwin-Williams’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.11%.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on SHW shares. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $485.00 price target on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Jefferies Financial Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $465.00 price target on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Credit Suisse Group increased their price target on shares of Sherwin-Williams from $457.00 to $500.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “market perform” rating and issued a $450.00 price target (up previously from $410.00) on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Finally, Bank of America increased their price target on shares of Sherwin-Williams from $470.00 to $500.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $467.40.

In other news, SVP Thomas P. Gilligan sold 5,080 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $458.04, for a total value of $2,326,843.20. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 7,043 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,225,975.72. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director John M. Stropki acquired 675 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 29th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $375.00 per share, with a total value of $253,125.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.78% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Sherwin-Williams Company Profile

The Sherwin-Williams Company develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company operates in three segments: The Americas Group, Consumer Brands Group, and Performance Coatings Group.

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