News articles about Sherwin-Williams Company (The) (NYSE:SHW) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sherwin-Williams Company (The) earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.3451369439176 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW) traded up 1.46% on Wednesday, hitting $338.00. The company had a trading volume of 743,201 shares. The stock has a market cap of $31.38 billion, a PE ratio of 27.86 and a beta of 1.23. Sherwin-Williams Company has a 12 month low of $239.48 and a 12 month high of $362.57. The company has a 50-day moving average of $342.66 and a 200 day moving average of $330.76.

Sherwin-Williams Company (The) (NYSE:SHW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The specialty chemicals company reported $4.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.54 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $3.74 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.83 billion. Sherwin-Williams Company (The) had a net margin of 9.14% and a return on equity of 63.81%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $4.06 EPS. Analysts anticipate that Sherwin-Williams Company will post $15.00 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 8th. Investors of record on Friday, August 18th will be issued a dividend of $0.85 per share. This represents a $3.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.01%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 16th. Sherwin-Williams Company (The)’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.05%.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. UBS AG restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $341.00 target price (up previously from $312.00) on shares of Sherwin-Williams Company (The) in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. BidaskClub cut Sherwin-Williams Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. Vertical Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $335.00 price target (up previously from $316.00) on shares of Sherwin-Williams Company (The) in a report on Monday, June 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut Sherwin-Williams Company (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 29th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) started coverage on Sherwin-Williams Company (The) in a report on Thursday, June 8th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $403.00 price target for the company. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Sherwin-Williams Company (The) currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $360.10.

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About Sherwin-Williams Company (The)

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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