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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 23479.47. Since its IPO date on the 7/1/1985, The Hershey Company, HSY performance year to date is 25.62%. Today The Hershey Company, HSY has gained -0.18%, with a current price of 110.5.

Ownership of the company is 8.90% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 78.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 99.60%. Return of assets are at 9.20%, 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 1.89. While Total debt/equity is 3.12. With a profit margin of 6.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of 45.40%, and operating margin of 13.30%. The Hershey Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.8, 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 25.14%. The 52-week high is -6.19%, and the 52-week low is 36.77%. The average volume for The Hershey Company, HSY is 560.

With a target price of 92.54, 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 48.36 and a forward P/E of 24.3. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 6.47. The Hershey Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.23 and 28.83 respectively. For P/cash, The Hershey Company has a value of *TBA, while it is 59.35 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 110.5, The Hershey Company has a dividend yield of 2.10%. We see a return on equity of 51.50%.

Looking more long-term The Hershey Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 7.48%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 7.28% 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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