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Is The Hershey Company(NYSE: HSY), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 7/1/1985. The Hershey Company is in the Confectioners industry and Consumer Goods sector. Average volume for The Hershey Company, is 1918.6, and so far today it has a volume of 3843300. Performance year to date since the 7/1/1985 is 9.36%.

To help you determine whether The Hershey Company is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 31.56 and forward P/E is 20.96. PEG perhaps more useful shows that The Hershey Company has a value for PEG of 3.96. P/S ratio is 2.79 and the P/B ratio is 28.27. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is *TBA and 72.54 respectively.

At the current price The Hershey Company is trading at, 95.85 (-0.32% today), The Hershey Company has a dividend yield of 2.58%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 68.10%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 3.04, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 7.22% after growing -38.20% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 215.90%, and 3.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 213.19, and the number of shares float is *TBA. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.40%, and institutional ownership is at 76.30%. The float short is *TBA, with the short ratio at a value of 0.86. Management has seen a return on assets of 13.60%, and also a return on investment of 17.00%.

The ability for The Hershey Company, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.7, and quick ratio is 0.4. Long term debt/equity is 2.16 and total debt/equity is 4.21. In terms of margins, The Hershey Company has a gross margin of 45.20%, with its operating margin at 16.60%, and The Hershey Company has a profit margin of 10.10%.

The 52 week high is -18.18%, with 18.45% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -9.63% and the 200 day simple moving average is 1.10%.

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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