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Graco Unveils Contractor PC Gun, Boosts User Productivity

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Graco Inc. (GGG - Free Report) recently launched the latest Contractor PC Airless Spray Gun. Notably, the new Contractor PC gun, carrying the lightest weight of its class, is the most durable contractor-grade paint sprayer gun ever manufactured by the company.

The Contractor PC gun comes up with the industry’s lightest trigger pull and hold force — E-Z Fit adjustable trigger — and user-friendly designed handle. This helps in enhancing the control and comfort of painters, eventually improving productivity. Also, the Spray Gun offers painters an option to customize it to any preferred trigger length along with providing a new three-finger trigger option.

Graco expects that stronger finishing products’ sales, elevated demand for all types of product application services, sturdier project activity, improving home-center channel sales and new growth-based investments will continue driving its revenues. This along with pricing actions and lower corporate taxes are likely to boost the company’s profitability in the quarters ahead.

However, escalating cost of sales has been a major cause of concern for Graco. As a matter of fact, the company noted that increased tariff rates on raw materials sourced from foreign suppliers has been escalating its cost of revenues, of late. Rising costs, if unchecked, will pull down its near-term margins.

Graco currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In the past three months, the company’s shares have yielded 4.1% return against the industry’s decline of 10%.

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