Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW) stock coverage started with “Overweight” in note to investors by Atlantic Securities

Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) shares rose on Tuesday Nov 29 with lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

U.S. stocks on Tuesday morning traded near break-even levels, with the main benchmarks switching in and out of negative territory

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.09% was flat at 19,102. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.00% traded 18 points, or 0.1%, at 5,362.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by 0.1%, or 2 points, at 2,199, with five of the 11 main sectors trading lower.

Analysts at Atlantic Securities initiated coverage on Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) stock, rating the company at Overweight. The company currently has a rating of Overweight on the stock. The one-year price target of $304.14 is above the opening price of $274.34, that has caused a number of other analysts to comment on the company in recent days. Looking back over the last year, Sherwin-Williams Co. stock has a high of $312.48. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage. Changes in price targets are not unheard of.

Shares of Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) opened at $274.34 on Tuesday trading between $272.56 and $276.73, and last traded at $276.00, which is a spike of $1.98 or 0.72% over the previous closing price.

Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) currently has a market cap of 25.39B.

Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 958,520 shares out of a total float 79,881,000 and some 44,708 shares traded hands yesterday, below the norm. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to determine substantial volume growth or distribution by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

However, one day of significant buy side trading is not enough to affirm a trend. So market traders will continue to look for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow traders to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW) have ranged from $234.96 – 312.48, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $261.26 and 200-day MA of $282.71. Today’s last price is 11.67%% under the 52 week high of $312.48.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors identify companies that have raised their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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