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The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 20468.05. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for The Hershey Company is 96.08 (with a change from open of 0.20%), this in conjunction with a target price of 104.54. Volume today has so far reached 539407, with an average volume of about 1899.97. The GAP for this stock, is 0.43%.

The P/E ratio is 31.44, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 20.88. The current EPS for The Hershey Company, is 3.04, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of -38.20%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 8.94%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for The Hershey Company, EPS is looking like it will grow 7.22% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 7.98%. Quarter over quarter is 215.90% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 3.70%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 0.70%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 5.40%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.30% and institutional ownership is 76.30%. Shares outstanding is 214.37, while shares float is at a value of . Float short for The Hershey Company is and the short ratio is 0.87.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 2.16, while the total debt/equity comes to 4.21. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 0.7, and the quick ratio is 0.4. The most recent gross margin is 45.20% and their operating margin is 16.60%. The profit margin is 10.10%.

The Hershey Company has seen returns on assets of 13.60%, and on investment, 17.00%. Return on equity is 86.40%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 3.94. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.79, with Price/book ratio coming to 28.17 and Price/cash is , and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 72.66.

The simple moving averages are -10.29% and 1.59% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -17.99% and the 52 week low is 18.73%.

The Hershey Company has a dividend yield of 2.59%, with a current price of 96.08. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 68.10%. This is in an industry, Confectioners, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Consumer Goods. The Hershey Company is based in USA.

Performance in the Confectioners industry means that The Hershey Company has seen performance for the past week of -0.73%, with performance for the month coming to -15.37%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -1.14%, and for the half year the performance is 4.96%. Volatility for this week is 1.38% and for the month this is 1.32%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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