Technical Roundup on Chemicals Stocks -- Sherwin-Williams, W.R. Grace, Intl. Flavors & Fragrances, and Valspar

Aug 31, 2016, 08:15 ET from Chelmsford Park SA

NEW YORK, August 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Specialty Chemicals is an interlinked industry composed of companies that sell function-based chemical products. These include paints and plastics, construction chemicals, coatings, electronic chemicals, and mining chemicals. takes a look at our featured companies: The Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW), W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF), and The Valspar Corp. (NYSE: VAL). Sign up today and download for free the research reports for the stocks covered today at:

The Sherwin-Williams  

Cleveland, Ohio headquartered The Sherwin-Williams Co.'s stock finished Tuesday's session 0.01% higher at $286.71. A total volume of 645,056 shares was traded. The Company's shares have gained 11.44% on an YTD basis and are trading above their 200-day moving average by 2.95%. Additionally, shares of Sherwin-Williams, which develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells paints, coatings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 40.74.

As per notes filed with the SEC on August 1st, 2016, Sherwin-Williams entered into that certain Amendment No. 3 to the Credit Agreement with Citicorp USA, Inc., as administrative agent and issuing bank, and the lenders party thereto. The primary purpose of Amendment No. 3 is to increase the amount available for borrowing and obtaining the issuance, renewal, extension and increase of a revolving letter of credit by $50,000,000 up to an aggregate availability of $200,000,000. SHW complete research report is just a click away at:

W.R. Grace  

On Tuesday, shares in Columbia, Maryland headquartered W.R. Grace & Co. ended the session 0.64% lower at $78.59. The stock recorded a trading volume of 338,021 shares. The Company's shares have gained 3.54% in the last one month and 0.32% in the previous three months. The stock is trading 4.31% above its 50-day moving average. Moreover, shares of W.R. Grace & Co., which produces and sells specialty chemicals and materials worldwide, have an RSI of 59.56.

On August 1st, 2016, W.R. Grace & Co. announced that Q2 2016 net sales of $390.5 million decreased 4.1% compared to the prior-year's quarter including an unfavorable effect of 1.4% related to the exit of certain product lines earlier in the year and favorable currency translation of 0.6%. The company's net income from continuing operations was $38.1 million for Q2 2016, an increase of 16.9% compared to $32.6 million for the prior-year's quarter. Adjusted EBIT margin of 24.6% increased 440 basis points compared to the prior-year's quarter. The complimentary report on GRA can be downloaded at:

International Flavors & Fragrances  

New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.'s shares rose 0.73%, closing the session at $138.45. The stock recorded a trading volume of 417,499 shares. The Company's shares have gained 3.79% in the last one month, 7.87% over the previous three months, and 16.80% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 4.93% and 14.87% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Additionally, shares of International Flavors & Fragrances, which together with its subsidiaries, creates, manufactures, and supplies flavors and fragrances for use in consumer products, have an RSI of 63.58.

On August 8th, 2016, International Flavors & Fragrances reported that net sales for Q2 were $793.5 million, an increase of 3% from $767.5 million in Q2 2015. The company's operating profit totaled $164.5 million, an increase of 11% from $148.8 million in Q2 2015. International Flavors & Fragrances earnings per share (EPS) increased 13% to $1.46 per diluted share compared with $1.29 per diluted share in the prior year's Q2. Adjusted EPS increased 8% to $1.47 per diluted share compared with $1.36 per diluted share in the prior year's Q2.

On August 10th, 2016, research firm Gabelli & Co. downgraded the Company's stock rating from 'Buy' to 'Hold'. Sign up for your complimentary report on IFF at:

The Valspar  

Shares in Minneapolis, Minnesota headquartered The Valspar Corp. recorded a trading volume of 180,090 shares. The stock ended the day 0.24% lower at $105.48. The Company's shares have advanced 28.08% since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 200-day moving average by 10.84%. Furthermore, shares of Valspar, which develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of coatings, paints, and related products worldwide, have an RSI of 40.44.

On August 18th, 2016, Valspar announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.33 per share on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on September 15th, 2016, to shareholders of record on September 1st, 2016. Download the research report for free on VAL at:


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