Media coverage about Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sherwin-Williams earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.6208118755661 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on SHW shares. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a research note on Sunday, January 28th. Bank of America upped their target price on shares of Sherwin-Williams from $435.00 to $470.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Citigroup upped their target price on shares of Sherwin-Williams to $486.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Moffett Nathanson started coverage on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a research note on Monday, December 4th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Sherwin-Williams from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $463.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, fifteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $436.20.
Sherwin-Williams stock traded down $3.70 on Monday, reaching $405.33. 370,696 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 665,682. The firm has a market capitalization of $38,446.28, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.78, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.17. Sherwin-Williams has a 52-week low of $305.70 and a 52-week high of $435.15. The company has a current ratio of 1.12, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 26th were given a $0.86 dividend. This is a boost from Sherwin-Williams’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.85. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 23rd. This represents a $3.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.85%. Sherwin-Williams’s dividend payout ratio is 18.48%.
In other Sherwin-Williams news, insider Peter J. Ippolito sold 750 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $409.26, for a total value of $306,945.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.78% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
Sherwin-Williams Company Profile
The Sherwin-Williams Company (Sherwin-Williams) is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of paint, coatings and related products. The Company’s segments are Paint Stores Group, Consumer Group, Global Finishes Group, Latin America Coatings Group and Administrative. The Paint Stores Group markets and sells Sherwin-Williams branded architectural paint and coatings, protective and marine products, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) product finishes and related items.
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