Market Inference Reports — HSY Stock

Large-cap Consumer Defensive company The Hershey Company has logged a 1.3% change today on a trading volume of 533,311. The average volume for the stock is 965,512.

The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of confectionery products and pantry items in the United States and internationally. Based in Hershey, United States the company has 16,620 full time employees and a market cap of $49,189,158,912. The Hershey Company currently offers its equity investors a dividend that yields 1.6% per year.

The company is now trading -0.95% away from its average analyst target price of $242.15 per share. The 21 analysts following the stock have set target prices ranging from $216 to $270, and on average give The Hershey Company a rating of hold.

Over the last year, HSY shares have gone up 29.0%, which represents a difference of 44.7% when compared to the S&P 500. The stock's 52 week high is $242.46 per share whereas its 52 week low is $182.51. With its gross margins declining an average -0.6% over the last four years, The Hershey Company may not have a strong enough business to maintain this trend.

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