NYSE:HSY - Hershey Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$102.66 -0.78 (-0.75 %)
(As of 09/19/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$103.44
Today's Range$102.34 - $103.88
52-Week Range$89.10 - $115.82
Volume639,800 shs
Average Volume1.23 million shs
Market Capitalization$22.17 billion
P/E Ratio21.67
Dividend Yield2.78%
Hershey logoThe Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells confectionery products. The company operates through two segments, North America; and International and Other. It offers chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products comprising mints, chewing gums, and bubble gums; pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings, beverages, and sundae syrups; and snack items, including spreads, meat snacks, bars and snack bites, mixes, popcorn and protein bars, and cookies. The company provides its products primarily under the Hershey's, Reese's, Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Almond Joy, Brookside, barkTHINS, Cadbury, Good & Plenty, Heath, Kit Kat, Lancaster, Payday, Rolo, Twizzlers, Whoppers, York, Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, Ice Breakers, Breathsavers, and Bubble Yum brands, as well as under the Golden Monkey, Munching Monkey, Pelon Pelo Rico, IO-IO, Nutrine, Maha Lacto, Jumpin, Sofit, SkinnyPop, Oatmega, Paqui, and Tyrrells brands. It markets and sells its products to wholesale distributors, chain grocery stores, mass merchandisers, chain drug stores, vending companies, wholesale clubs, convenience stores, dollar stores, concessionaires, and department stores. The Hershey Company was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Sugar & confectionery products
Sub-IndustryPackaged Foods & Meats
SectorConsumer Staples


Debt-to-Equity Ratio3.05
Current Ratio0.94
Quick Ratio0.58


Trailing P/E Ratio21.67
Forward P/E Ratio19.15
P/E Growth2.26

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$7.52 billion
Price / Sales2.86
Cash Flow$6.8349 per share
Price / Cash15.02
Book Value$4.42 per share
Price / Book23.23


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$4.76
Net Income$782.98 million
Net Margins13.40%
Return on Equity108.82%
Return on Assets16.04%


Outstanding Shares209,250,000
Market Cap$22.17 billion

Hershey (NYSE:HSY) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hershey's stock symbol?

Hershey trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "HSY."

How often does Hershey pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Hershey?

Hershey declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, July 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 24th will be given a dividend of $0.722 per share on Friday, September 14th. This represents a $2.89 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.81%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 23rd. This is a positive change from Hershey's previous quarterly dividend of $0.66. View Hershey's Dividend History.

How will Hershey's stock buyback program work?

Hershey announced that its board has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, October 26th 2017, which authorizes the company to repurchase $100,000,000.00 in outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company's leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

How were Hershey's earnings last quarter?

Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY) announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July, 26th. The company reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.10 by $0.04. The firm earned $1.75 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.74 billion. Hershey had a net margin of 13.40% and a return on equity of 108.82%. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.09 earnings per share. View Hershey's Earnings History.

When is Hershey's next earnings date?

Hershey is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, October, 25th 2018. View Earnings Estimates for Hershey.

What guidance has Hershey issued on next quarter's earnings?

Hershey issued an update on its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday, July, 26th. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $5.33-5.43 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $5.32.

What price target have analysts set for HSY?

18 brokerages have issued 12 month price objectives for Hershey's shares. Their predictions range from $85.00 to $130.00. On average, they expect Hershey's share price to reach $102.5882 in the next twelve months. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 0.1%. View Analyst Price Targets for Hershey.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Hershey?

18 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Hershey in the last year. There are currently 5 sell ratings, 11 hold ratings and 2 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for Hershey.

What are Wall Street analysts saying about Hershey stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Hershey stock:
  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Hershey remains on track with constant innovations, which are expected to contribute to its 2018 performance. Further, the company is progressing well with international growth and is accelerating its business in key markets like China, India, Brazil and Mexico. Additionally, we commend the company’s focus on productivity improvements and cost savings. To this end, the company is likely to gain from its Margin for Growth program, which is aimed at improving operating margin. We also expect these efforts to uplift Hershey’s shares that have lagged the industry in three months. The company has been witnessing tepid revenue growth for a while. Soft sales due to changing consumer shopping habits and intense competition from the broader snacking environment in the United States were largely responsible. Also, high freight and logistics costs as well as additional investments in trade and packaging remain threats to margins." (7/4/2018)
  • 2. Morgan Stanley analysts commented, "We admire CLX’s lean operating structure, strong market shares in midsize categories, and track record of an innovation­driven top line. However, we view weak category growth as both a near­term and long­term headwind to growth, and, as such, see the risk­reward at these levels as less than compelling." (2/2/2018)

Who are some of Hershey's key competitors?

Who are Hershey's key executives?

Hershey's management team includes the folowing people:
  • Ms. Michele Gross Buck, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 56)
  • Ms. Patricia A. Little, Sr. VP & CFO (Age 57)
  • Mr. Terence L. O'Day, Sr. VP and Chief Product Supply & Technology Officer (Age 68)
  • Mr. Todd W. Tillemans, Pres of US
  • Mr. Javier H. Idrovo, Chief Accounting Officer (Age 50)

Has Hershey been receiving favorable news coverage?

Media coverage about HSY stock has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hershey earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern's scale. They also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.57 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company's share price in the next few days. View Recent Headlines for Hershey.

Who are Hershey's major shareholders?

Hershey's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (5.44%), FMR LLC (2.43%), Schroder Investment Management Group (1.13%), Janus Henderson Group PLC (1.08%), Renaissance Technologies LLC (1.05%) and Northern Trust Corp (0.93%). Company insiders that own Hershey stock include D Michael Wege, David L Shedlarz, Hershey Trust Co Trustee In Tr, Javier H Idrovo, Kevin R Walling, Leslie M Turner, Michele Buck and Terence L O'day. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Hershey.

Which major investors are selling Hershey stock?

HSY stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Janus Henderson Group PLC, Troy Asset Management Ltd, American Century Companies Inc., Russell Investments Group Ltd., BlackRock Inc., Rothschild Asset Management Inc., Bartlett & Co. LLC and Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL. Company insiders that have sold Hershey company stock in the last year include D Michael Wege, David L Shedlarz, Javier H Idrovo, Kevin R Walling and Michele Buck. View Insider Buying and Selling for Hershey.

Which major investors are buying Hershey stock?

HSY stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including FMR LLC, Bank of Montreal Can, Mawer Investment Management Ltd., Morgan Stanley, Scharf Investments LLC, Schroder Investment Management Group, BTIM Corp. and Van ECK Associates Corp. View Insider Buying and Selling for Hershey.

How do I buy shares of Hershey?

Shares of HSY can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Hershey's stock price today?

One share of HSY stock can currently be purchased for approximately $102.66.

How big of a company is Hershey?

Hershey has a market capitalization of $22.17 billion and generates $7.52 billion in revenue each year. The company earns $782.98 million in net income (profit) each year or $4.76 on an earnings per share basis. Hershey employs 16,910 workers across the globe.

How can I contact Hershey?

Hershey's mailing address is 100 CRYSTAL A DRIVE P O BOX 810-EXTERNAL RPTG & COMPLIANCE, HERSHEY PA, 17033. The company can be reached via phone at 717-534-4200.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Hershey (NYSE HSY)

Community Ranking:  1.9 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  432 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  709 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,141
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Hershey and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe HSY will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe HSY will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 9/19/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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