Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, paint maker Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Sherwin-Williams' business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Sherwin-Williams facts

Headquarters (founded)

Cleveland, Ohio (1866)

Market Cap

$6.38 billion



TTM Revenue

$8.13 billion


CEO Christopher Connor (since 1999)
CFO Sean Hennessy (since 2001)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 371 of the 407 members who have rated Sherwin-Williams -- some 91% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Foolish bulls include texasjamboree and jrnegron.

Last month, texasjamboree kept the Sherwin-Williams bull case deceptively simple: “A well-managed company with ‘common sense.’ Something sadly lacking in many large corporations.”

In an earlier pitch from October, jrnegron shared that sentiment, elaborating on Sherwin's smart decision-making:

This Company has proven to be aware of market trends and have implemented all the needed measurements to obtain margins on their products. That include: prices, store management, inventory and all related components. They will be affected as any other companies by this actual economic stuation but will obtain better results than most of them all. I think shareholders should be patient and at the end of the year there will be positive dividends.

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