Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY) has grabbed attention from the analysts, when it saw a value decrease of -0.76% or -0.83 points in the last trading session to close at $108.1. A total of 2.18 Million shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade compared with its average trading volume of 1.23 Million shares, while its relative volume stands at 1.78. Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY) has a market cap of $22.5 Billion and the number of outstanding shares have been calculated 208.16 Million.
Shares of Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY) currently have an Average Brokerage Recommendation of 3.33, number of Recs in ABR is 13 while industry rank of the company by ABR is 209 out of 257. Out of the analyst recommendations 2 rate Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY) stock a Buy, 0 rate the stock Outperform, 12 rate Hold, 3 rate Underperform and 1 recommend a Sell.
Taking a glance at where the stock might be directed in the future, on a consensus basis, the sell-side has a 52 week price target of $101.33 on the stock, this valuation is based on 18 number of opinions. The most optimistic analyst sees the stock reaching $118 while the most conventional has $86 target price.
Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY) as of recent trade, has shown weekly upbeat performance of 1.4% which was maintained at 2.14% in 1-month period. During the past three months the stock gain 5.08%, bringing six months performance to 19.38%. Yearly performance of the stock shows a bearish trend of -4.18% while year-to-date (YTD) performance reflected -4.77% negative outlook.
While taking a glance at financials, we can look at a number of key indicators. Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY) has trailing twelve month Return on Assets of 14.5%, which is key indicator of how profitable a company is relative to its total assets. The company currently has a Return on Equity of 98% and a Return on Investment of 21.4%. ROI is a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments.
While having a peek at profitability ratios Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY) has trailing twelve month gross margin at 44.8%, its trailing twelve month operating margin stands at 18.9% whereas its trailing twelve month net profit margin spots at 13.2%.
However looking at valuation ratios the stock has 5 year expected PEG ratio of 2.42 whereas its trailing twelve month P/E ratio is 23.09. The company’s forward price to earnings ratio for next fiscal year is 19.16. Hershey Foods Corp (NYSE:HSY)’s price to free cash flow for trailing twelve months is 36.48. Its beta value stands at 0.16.
The company’s quick ratio for most recent quarter is 0.7 along with current ratio for most recent quarter of 1. Total debt to equity ratio of the company for most recent quarter is 3.81 whereas long term debt to equity ratio for most recent quarter is 2.63.