News coverage about Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sherwin-Williams earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.7043665128195 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on SHW. Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a report on Sunday, January 28th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $475.00 price objective on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and set a $500.00 price target (up previously from $465.00) on shares of Sherwin-Williams in a report on Monday, January 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price target on shares of Sherwin-Williams to $485.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Sherwin-Williams from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, fifteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $436.20.

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Sherwin-Williams (SHW) opened at $413.77 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $39,030.92, a PE ratio of 28.66, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 1.17. Sherwin-Williams has a 12 month low of $305.70 and a 12 month high of $435.15. 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 results on Thursday, January 25th. The specialty chemicals company reported $2.95 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.18 by ($0.23). Sherwin-Williams had a net margin of 11.83% and a return on equity of 50.59%. The firm had revenue of $3.98 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.91 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $2.15 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 43.0% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts forecast that Sherwin-Williams will post 19.1 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 26th were issued a dividend of $0.86 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 23rd. This is a positive change from Sherwin-Williams’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.85. This represents a $3.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.83%. Sherwin-Williams’s payout ratio is 18.48%.

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About Sherwin-Williams

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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