The Valspar Corp

  • This Company Is Making the Right Moves to Grow Its Business

    By ANUP SINGH - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) is a specialty chemicals and products company that provides performance and industrial coatings. PPG sells its entire range of products through company-owned stores, home centers, paint dealers, and independent distributors, as well as directly to customers worldwide. So, the company's business is in a good position to benefit from growth in industrial and auto end-markets. This is what helped it to post decent results in more »

  • This Specialty Chemicals Company Is in for Difficult Times

    By ANUP SINGH - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW), the owner of popular brand names like Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy, Krylon, Minwax, Thomson’s and Water Seal, recently declared its second quarter results. The company missed consensus estimates both on top and bottom lines. What went wrong? And is there any hope going forward? Let's try to find out.

    Revenue & earnings

    As compared to the year-ago quarter, consolidated net sales increased 5.5% to $2.71 more »

  • Ways to Profit From the Automotive Industry

    By Wes Patoka - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, F, VAL

    Ford (NYSE: F) just released its second-quarter earnings last week and its sales figures were promising, but there are other companies to look at that will benefit downstream from these auto sales. However, let's begin with Ford itself

    Expanding sales

    Ford increased first half sales by 370,000 units worldwide, resulting in an additional $579 million in revenue, or $0.17 per share. This resulted in a higher capacity more »

  • Time to Paint the Town Red?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) fell a whopping 8% the other day. So is now a good time to reload your portfolio with the paint giant? The most recent pullback was due to Mexico's Competition Commission's decision to block its acquisition of Comex. At the same time, the company reported a 13% increase in profit for the second quarter, year over year, but both revenue and earnings missed consensus. 

    After more »

  • Home Improvement for Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, LOW, VAL, WHR

    Global Insight believes the total U.S. home improvement market reached $275 billion in 2012, up from the $261 billion in 2011. The market is expected to jump to $345 billion by 2017, with rising U.S. home ownership continuing to drive the market. So what's the best way to take advantage?

    The home improvement industry is highly concentrated, with the likes of Home Depot and Lowe's (NYSE: LOWmore »)

  • Why Is This Industry Leader Lagging?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: MAS, SHW, VAL

    I'm always looking for industry leaders that are under-performing their peers, and Masco (NYSE: MAS) appears to be just that. Even with the impressive rebound in housing starts over the past two years, Masco has managed to under-perform major peers. 

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    Tell me more

    Masco manufactures, sells and installs home-improvement and building products. Its sales avenues include mass merchandisers, hardware stores, home centers and home builders. 

    While the company does more »

  • Insider Buying at This Coatings and Paints Company

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: HD, LOW, PPG, SHW, VAL

    Valspar (NYSE: VAL) was up about 13% for the year in late May, but over the last month the $5.5 billion market cap coatings and paints company has given up all of those gains. The primary culprit for the decline would appear to be the decision to acquire European coatings manufacturer Inver Group. The business is fairly small relative to Valspar, but investors may still be concerned about integration more »

  • What Did Sherwin's Investor Day Tell Us?

    By Zain Abbas - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    Sherwin-Williams' (NYSE: SHW) recent investor day has sent bullish signals to the market. The optimism is to be seen not only in the company’s story but also in the overall industry. Given the recent news on sluggish improvement in non-residential construction markets (shown by the Architectural Billing Index), many had turned bearish on this industry.

    However, Sherwin’s investor day left us with four key takeaways. The strength in more »

  • The Key Earnings For the Week

    By Lee Samaha - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: ARUN, ADSK, DCI, JWN, VAL

    Earnings season is starting to wind down, but we still have some interesting companies reporting this week. Since we are nearing the end of the season a lot of these companies’ peers will have already reported, so the market will be anticipating the direction of the results. I’m going to use this approach to preview what investors might expect from the results this week.

    Tuesday

    I can think of more »

  • Understanding the Housing Recovery in the Language of the Paint Industry

    By Zain Abbas - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    Housing recovery debate

    The housing recovery has been a point of debate for some time. Both residential and non-residential spending have climbed up as depicted by the rising house prices and Architectural Billing Index (ABI). Some believe that the housing market is on its way to a revival after the housing bubble burst in 2006. On the other hand, many believe that the rest of the economy is teetering away more »

  • 2 Reasons This Stock’s Strength Could be Short-lived

    By Neha Chamaria - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: DD, PPG, RPM, SHW, VAL

    Sherwin-Williams(NYSE: SHW) stock has been on a tear this year. As of this writing, the stock has gained a solid 17% year-to-date. A great first-quarter scorecard some days back sent the stock soaring to a 52-week high.

    Positive housing data has been a huge factor behind Sherwin’s wild run, but now that Sherwin’s stock has gained a massive 54% over the past one year, it may be more »

  • Intentional Investing : Tough Love on Housing Recovery (Part 2)

    By Penny Czarra - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, RPM, SHW, VAL

    Foolish bottom line first.

    “Paints” do NOT offer any appropriate candidates for my housing recovery portfolio. Goodwill is the culprit. I’m being rather fussy, I know. I’m actually looking for a reason NOT to invest! My investment objective is reasonable growth with reasonable risk at a reasonable price. 

    This is the second in a series of articles exploring the "housing recovery theme" (click here for Part 1). My more »

  • Brighten Up Your Portfolio With This Stock

    By Sonam Chamaria - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: RPM, SHW, VAL

    What do you do about a company that reports a modest quarter, yet manages to generate cash, year after year? A company that reports a net loss, yet never lets you down when it comes to dividends? Should you sell it? Or should you hold on? Read on to find out more.

    RPM International (NYSE: RPM) announced its third-quarter results last week. Here is a snapshot.

    Paint my heart

    Net more »

  • Intentional Investing : Tough Love on Housing Recovery (Part 2)

    By Penny Czarra - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, RPM, SHW, VAL

    Foolish bottom line first.

    “Paints” do NOT offer any appropriate candidates for my housing recovery portfolio. Goodwill is the culprit. I’m being rather fussy, I know. I’m actually looking for a reason NOT to invest! My investment objective is reasonable growth with reasonable risk at a reasonable price. 

    This is the second in a series of articles exploring the "housing recovery theme" (click here for Part 1). My more »

  • Is This Stock a Good Housing Play?

    By Lee Samaha - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, RPM, SHW, VAL

    By now every investor should know that the current strength in the US economy lies in things like autos and housing. This is not to say the economy is flourishing overall, but it doesn't need to for stocks in the housing sector to do well.The truth is that companies in these sectors have recovered from such a low base that they are seeing significant opportunities for earnings expansion more »

  • Is This Stock a Good Housing Play?

    By Lee Samaha - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: BECN, PPG, RPM, SHW, VAL

    By now every investor should know that the current strength in the US economy lies in things like autos and housing. This is not to say the economy is flourishing overall, but it doesn't need to for stocks in the housing sector to do well.The truth is that companies in these sectors have recovered from such a low base that they are seeing significant opportunities for earnings expansion more »

  • Not All Companies Are Created Equal

    By Ted Cooper - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    As the U.S. housing market heats up, every stock attached to the sector has experienced enormous gains in share price as profits have risen and are expected to continue rising. But some of these companies will fair better than others due to competitive advantages. In this article, we'll break down the different futures of three companies in the paint and coatings industry.

    Sherwin-Williams (NYSE: SHW) is the clear more »

  • 3 Household Stocks to Renovate Your Portfolio

    By Michael Carter - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: POOL, VAL, TTS

    Typically, when the market gurus speak about playing the home improvement stocks, Home Depot and Lowe’s, with market caps of $105 billion and $43 billion, respectively, are at the top of the watch list. They have long track records of share price appreciation and consistent dividend payouts. And, in the event a natural disaster occurs that wipes out entire neighborhoods, one would think you can’t beat these two more »

  • Painting the Town Red… and More

    By Michael Ugulini - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: PPG, SHW, VAL

    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is certainly enjoying their time out and about, conducting business profitably as concerns paints and coatings. Researching and analyzing the particulars of the Company can provide you the information you need to make an informed investment decision for adding some color to your portfolio.

    The Sherwin-Williams Company is a worldwide leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products (e.g more »

  • Why You Should Consider Converting Your Shorts Into Long

    By Neha Chamaria - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: DD, PPG, RPM, SHW, VAL

    The shorts are losing confidence in their wagers; at least that’s what PPG Industries(NYSE: PPG) latest short interest data suggests. Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 15, PPG’s short interest plunged 60.9%. From nearly 36 million shares sold short in January, it was down to about 14 million shares on last count. It simply means the majority who short sold the stock in anticipation of lower prices more »

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