Sherwin-Williams (SHW) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Accern Reports

News stories about Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sherwin-Williams earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.3316005930109 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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Several brokerages have weighed in on SHW. Credit Suisse Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $473.00 price objective on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Citigroup raised their target price on Sherwin-Williams to $486.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $475.00 target price on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Royal Bank of Canada raised their target price on Sherwin-Williams to $485.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, January 29th. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $500.00 target price (up from $465.00) on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a research report on Monday, January 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating, fourteen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $435.33.

SHW traded down $3.80 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $392.39. The stock had a trading volume of 636,640 shares, compared to its average volume of 643,699. Sherwin-Williams has a 1 year low of $322.09 and a 1 year high of $435.15. The firm has a market cap of $37,680.23, a P/E ratio of 27.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.79 and a beta of 1.17. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 1.12.

Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The specialty chemicals company reported $2.95 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $3.18 by ($0.23). Sherwin-Williams had a return on equity of 50.59% and a net margin of 11.83%. The firm had revenue of $3.98 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.91 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $2.15 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 43.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Sherwin-Williams will post 19.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 1st. Investors of record on Friday, May 18th will be issued a $0.86 dividend. This represents a $3.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.88%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 17th. Sherwin-Williams’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 24.11%.

In related news, insider Peter J. Ippolito sold 750 shares of Sherwin-Williams stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $409.26, for a total value of $306,945.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.78% of the company’s stock.

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About Sherwin-Williams

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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