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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $72.97, above its previous 52-week high of $72.97 with 635,849 shares traded as of 2:10 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 1.2 million shares over the past 30 days. Hershey has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 24.6, above the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 24.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.