The Hershey Company

  • Why I'm Nutty for This Stock

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: DMND, K, HSY

    Diamond Foods (NASDAQ: DMND) has been a tough stock to own over the past few years, and has likely left a sour taste in a number of investors' mouths. However, I'm a big fan of under-loved stocks. There are only seven Wall Street analysts following the stock, all with a "hold" rating. And the stock is down nearly 80% from its 2011 all time high of over $90:

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  • Will candy manufacturers taste sweet for your portfolio?

    By Hussain Asghar - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, RMCF, HSY

    The confectioners industry lies in the consumer-defensive sector and for the companies in this sector the outlook doesn't change much with economic variations. These stocks are great to buy because consumers buy chocolate and other staple products regardless of how the economy is doing. The US is the world's largest consumer of chocolate in the world, and investors can seek safety in these kinds of consumer-defensive stocks. This more »

  • Look to Your Local Grocery Store for Great Returns

    By Justin Pope - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, PEP, HSY

    When looking for a company that will thrive long term, a good place to start is basic needs. One basic need is food. Everybody has to eat, right?

    There are a handful of food and beverage companies that have provided great returns over a long period of time. We will examine some blue chip food and beverage companies to see which of them belong in your portfolio.

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  • This Is a Sweet Investment

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: SJM, MDLZ, HSY

    Hershey’s (NYSE: HSY) stock has appreciated approximately 120% over the past three years. However, this should have been expected considering the broader market’s bull run. The question now is whether or not Hershey is capable of continuing to reward investors going forward. 

    Not swimming naked 

    Though Hershey is similar to most stocks throughout the broader market over the past years in the fact that it has handsomely rewarded more »

  • Three Stocks That Won’t Be Replaced by the iPhone

    By Michael Hooper - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: KO, HSY, UNP

    Every so often a big company with a powerful brand goes bankrupt because of changing technology in its industry. Eastman Kodak Company, once a powerful brand in the film business, went bankrupt in 2012. Kodak used to sell canisters of film by the thousands daily. But those days are long gone as consumers turned to digital cameras to make photographs.

    Today hand-held devices such as the iPhone have replaced so more »

  • These Stocks Are Expensive According to Several Metrics

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: CL, RAI, HSY

    The market as a whole could be overvalued, or depending on who you listen to, the market is still undervalued. Whatever the case, there are lots of individual stocks on the market that appear overvalued based on their own historic valuations and in relation to their peers.

    Although it is difficult to decipher whether or not the market is overvalued, or indeed undervalued, it is possible to gauge to a more »

  • Chocolate Is a Delicious Business for Investors

    By Anh HOANG - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, PEP, HSY

    Hershey (NYSE: HSY) shares have been on the consistent uptrend since the market bottom of 2009, from around $32 per share in March 2009 to around $94.50 per share at the time of writing. Since the beginning of the year, Hershey has gained by around 30.8%, outperforming the S&P 500’s return of 18.6%. Could Hershey keep its rally in the future? Is it a good more »

  • Sweeten Up Your Portfolio With This Candy Company

    By Awais Iqbal - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, HSY, TR

    The confectionery industry belongs to the consumer goods sector which is largely slow-paced compared to other industries. With the economic environment in the United States becoming more favorable, confectionery companies can expect upside in their sales in this region. However, this is not the only factor that is going to make these companies good investment opportunities. Most of the companies in the consumer goods sector have global profiles, and thus more »

  • Will Hershey Maintain Its Sugar High?

    By Lior Cohen - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: K, MDLZ, HSY

    When you think of chocolate, which company first comes in mind? For me it was always Hershey (NYSE: HSY). The company’s good branding and dominance in the U.S chocolate market aren’t the only things working for it. Shares of Hershey rallied in recent months. Moreover, the latest positive rating the company got from leading analysts may keep fueling this rally, unless its upcoming quarterly financial reports don more »

  • Will Investors Sour on This Formula Maker?

    By Bob Chandler - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: BEAM, MJN, HSY

    Mead Johnson Nutrition (NYSE: MJN), a global leader in pediatric nutrition, has long been a well-respected company and favorite of Wall Street. The firm, with a worldwide leading brand franchise in infant formula, has seen its stock rise from around $29 per share to over $80 since a 2009 spin-off from Bristol-Myers. But as good as its pedigree is, there are a couple of reasons why investor sentiment might start more »

  • A Hidden Gem in the Food Industry

    By Justin Carley - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: CPB, CAG, K, HSY

    Shares of ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG) have advanced more than 35% in the past year. The company made a big splash during this span with the Ralcorp acquisition and will now be the largest private-label food manufacturer in the United States. The run-up in shares should be encouraging to potential investors as the decade-long slump could give way to several years of out-performance and a re-rating in the shares. The more »

  • Are These Consumer Goods Stocks Over-Valued?

    By Bob Ciura - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: MKC, HSY, TR

    Consumer goods stocks have been some of the market’s best-performing stocks of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. Companies that sell their products year in and year out, effectively ignoring the fluctuations of the broader economy, aren’t likely to go out of business when a recession hits.

    Furthermore, the financial stability of companies like McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC), The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), and more »

  • A Sweet Stock for Investors

    By Tanya Kanodia - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, NSRGY, HSY

    Hershey (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in the United States and has operations throughout the world. Clocking annual turnover over $6.5 billion in 2012, Hershey produces confectionery products under more than 85 brand names, including iconic brands like Hershey's, Kit Kat, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Twizzlers.

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    Looking at the annualized return of Hershey, the stock more »

  • Candy Industry Winners - and Great Opportunities for Your Portfolio

    By Michael Douglass - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, NSRGY, HSY, TR

    Investing in the world’s long-term sweet tooth seems like a good idea – after all, I impulse-buy candy all the time in the grocery store checkout line - so there should be some good opportunity there. The companies I will be comparing are Mondelez International (NASDAQ: MDLZNASDAQ: MDLZ)), Hershey (NYSE: HSY), Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE: TR), and Nestle (ADR) (NASDAQOTH: NSRGY). Nestle and Hershey are your best investing bets; if you feel more »

  • Tootsie Rolls Future Not So Sweet

    By Jeremy Worthington - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, RMCF, HSY, TR

    Tootsie Rolls may be delicious but it is time to sell if you own Tootsie Roll shares. Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. (NYSE: TR) is currently way over-valued and there will be a large correction coming to its stock price in the future. The P/E ratio is way too high to justify the valuation that it currently has. That combined with a crony culture on the Board means that it more »

  • 3 Contrarian Ideas You Should Take a Look At

    By Federico Zaldua - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: LAZ, HSY, TIF

    The average of all analyst's opinions is what we call "market consensus." Even when the consensus is mostly right about what the future might look like, there are sometimes when the consensus may err.  For the following three high-quality companies, I disagree with the market consensus. Let's analyze each company individually and see where my disagreements lie. 

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  • Will Cutting Down on Chocolates Make for Healthy Investing?

    By Arturo Cuevas - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: ADM, MDLZ, HSY

    First, here’s a disclaimer of sorts. This piece cites tempting chocolate confectioneries, which can lead to weight issues that agricultural commodity processor Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE: ADM) is addressing nowadays.

    On June 21, ADM said it is negotiating to sell its estimated $2 billion cocoa business, though it didn’t identify with whom it is talking with. What is certain, however, is that major confectionery producers are waiting to more »

  • How the Currency of Affection Fattens Your Wallet

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: MDLZ, HSY, TR

    Mad Men's Don Draper killed his career with his pitch to the execs at Hershey (NYSE: HSY) but he got one thing right about the All-American confectioner when he brought it home saying, "Hershey's is the currency of affection."

    Don initially pitches a golden childhood moment, the reward after doing his chores of a Hershey bar from his hair-tousling and doting father. Hershey execs nod and mutter, " Hmm more »

  • Can Mondelez Win Its Bet on Emerging Markets?

    By siraj sarwar - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: K, MDLZ, HSY

    Mondelez (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a leading company in the international confectionery arena with 30% of the gum category, 15% share of the chocolate market, and 7% of the candy aisle worldwide. Mondelez also holds the biscuit category with 18% of the market share. In addition, the company also has a leading share of 16% in the powdered-beverage arena.

    On the whole, its portfolio includes a number of well-known brands such more »

  • Would Warren Buffett Buy This Stock?

    By James Catlin - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: GIS, SJM, HSY

    The greatest players in any profession often make their job look effortless. Whether it was Michael Jordan on the court, George Carlin weaving political satire, or Warren Buffett's prophetic visions of the economy, the genius of what they do comes in the mastery of fundamentals.

    As the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's investing strategy is well known. Buy understandable businesses with solid value and assured growth at great more »

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