When home maintenance is done, the first major improvement to the cosmetic appeal is a can of paint. Thus with the bottoming of housing starts and a spike in remodeling permits (see graph below), it may be time to buy a paint company.
Sherwin Williams is the top paint supplier in the US. The sales at their paint stores are growing at a 7.8% rate and margins are expanding. The dividend is stable and should have room for growth with new sales growth.
The author will buy Sherwin Williams at $87/share.