NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Hershey Company

(NYSE:

HSY

) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $60.98, above its previous 52-week high of $60.96 with 363,904 shares traded as of 11:45 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.3 million shares over the past 30 days.

Hershey has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

food & beverage

industry. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing various chocolate and confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Hershey as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

Hershey Ratings Report

.

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