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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: The Hershey Company, HSY

The Hershey Company, HSY is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Confectioners in the sector of Consumer Goods. Based in USA, The Hershey Company, HSY  has a market cap of 20536.7. Since its IPO date on the 7/1/1985, The Hershey Company, HSY performance year to date is 10.02%. Today The Hershey Company, HSY has gained 0.82%, with a current price of 96.43.

Ownership of the company is 0.40% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 76.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 68.10%. Return of assets are at 13.60%, with return on investment at 17.00%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, The Hershey Company, HSY is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 2.16. While Total debt/equity is 4.21. With a profit margin of 10.10%, this is combined with a gross margin of 45.20%, and operating margin of 16.60%. The Hershey Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.7, while the quick ratio is 0.4.

For the last year The Hershey Company, HSY has seen a EPS growth of -38.20%. A performance for the year of 4.40%. The 52-week high is -17.69%, and the 52-week low is 19.17%. The average volume for The Hershey Company, HSY is 1563346.

With a target price of 104.54, can The Hershey Company, HSY reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of The Hershey Company, HSY. The Hershey Company has a P/E of 31.75 and a forward P/E of 21.09. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.98. The Hershey Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.8 and 28.45 respectively. For P/cash, The Hershey Company has a value of *TBA, while it is 72.9 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 96.43, The Hershey Company has a dividend yield of 2.56%. We see a return on equity of 86.40%.

Looking more long-term The Hershey Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 7.98%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 7.22% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -38.20% for this year and for the last five years a 0.70% growth has been seen.

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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