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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 1882.36, and so far today it has a volume of 314265. Performance year to date since the 7/1/1985 is 24.07%.

To help you determine whether The Hershey Company is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 47.77 and forward P/E is 24.01. PEG perhaps more useful shows that The Hershey Company has a value for PEG of 6.01. P/S ratio is 3.13 and the P/B ratio is 28.47. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is *TBA and 57.61 respectively.

At the current price The Hershey Company is trading at, 109.17 (-0.16% today), The Hershey Company has a dividend yield of 2.13%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 99.60%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.29, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 7.23% after growing -38.20% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -3.50%, and -5.60% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 208.42, and the number of shares float is *TBA. The senior management bring insider ownership to 8.90%, and institutional ownership is at 77.60%. The float short is *TBA, with the short ratio at a value of 3.37. Management has seen a return on assets of 9.20%, and also a return on investment of 17.00%.

The ability for The Hershey Company, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.8, and quick ratio is 0.4. Long term debt/equity is 1.89 and total debt/equity is 3.12. In terms of margins, The Hershey Company has a gross margin of 45.40%, with its operating margin at 13.30%, and The Hershey Company has a profit margin of 6.80%.

The 52 week high is -7.32%, with 35.13% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 11.27% and the 200 day simple moving average is 19.80%.

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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