Hershey Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (HSY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is tomorrow, November 20, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 42 cents per share. At a price of $71.98 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for Hershey has been 821,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hershey has a market cap of $11.63 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 25.1, 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Hershey Ratings Report.

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