Hershey Stock Hits New 52-Week High (HSY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) hit a new 52-week high Thursday as it is currently trading at $78.82, above its previous 52-week high of $78.81 with 170,630 shares traded as of 9:50 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 877,300 shares over the past 30 days.

Hershey has a market cap of $12.55 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 7.7% 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 27.3, 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 sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Hershey Ratings Report.

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