Mad Money Mailbag: Hershey's Still Sweet

Editor's note: The following are questions received from viewers of "Mad Money," seen every day at 6 p.m. EDT on CNBC.


Is the time right to buy Hershey (HSY)?

-- Steve from Arizona

James J. Cramer: I do believe the stock is attractive to purchase at recent levels. The foods companies have dug in their heels in recent quarters, and are now finally able to pass along higher input costs to their customers. Hershey has an attractive cadre of brands, and is on track to post its sixth straight year of double-digit annual profit growth.


What is wrong with the stock of Kroger (KR)?

-- Charles from Tennessee

James J. Cramer: The short answer? Because the company is in the grocery retail business. While Wal-Mart ( WMT) does not have the higher market share just yet, I believe the behemoth retailer already has permanently influenced margins in a business where the profits were already razor thin.

In my opinion, not even a combination with Albertson's ( ABS) could dramatically improve Kroger's long-term outlook.

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