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Sherwin-Williams (SHW) Up 43% in a Year: What's Driving It?

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The Sherwin-Williams Company's SHW shares have popped 42.5% over a year. The company has also outperformed its industry’s rise of 40.1% over the same time frame.

Sherwin-Williams, a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, has a market cap of roughly $53 billion and average volume of shares traded in the last three months is around 468.8K. The company has an expected long-term earnings per share growth of 11.9%.


Let’s take a look into the factors that are driving this paints and coatings giant.

Driving Factors

Better-than-expected earnings performance in the last two quarters, buoyant outlook and upbeat prospects have contributed to the gain in Sherwin-Williams' shares.

The company, in October 2019, raised its adjusted earnings per share guidance for full-year 2019 to the range of $20.90-$21.30. For the full year, Sherwin-Williams also expects a low single-digit percentage increase in net sales from 2018.

Growth prospects for Sherwin-Williams also look encouraging. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings for 2020 currently stands at $24.18 per share, reflecting an expected year-over-year growth of 14%.

Sherwin-Williams is gaining from favorable demand in its domestic end-use markets, its focus on growth through expansion of operations, productivity improvement initiatives and the Valspar acquisition.

The company is benefiting from sustained strength in architectural paint markets in North America. Its sales in the third quarter were driven by increased paint sales volume in North American stores and higher selling prices that more than offset weak demand across certain end-markets outside the United States.

Sherwin-Williams also remains focused on expanding its retail operations, as reflected by an increasing number of retail stores. The company added 31 net new stores in the first nine months of 2019.

The company is also benefiting from synergies of the Valspar acquisition. The buyout has enabled Sherwin-Williams to strengthen its position as a leading paints and coatings provider globally. The company, in October, said that it expects to end 2019 at annual run rate synergies of around $415 million. It will release fourth-quarter and full-year results on Jan 30.

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