Hershey (NYSE:HSY) is scheduled to be releasing its earnings data before the market opens on Thursday, April 25th. Analysts expect Hershey to post earnings of $1.48 per share for the quarter. Hershey has set its FY 2019 guidance at $5.63-5.74 EPS and its FY19 guidance at $5.63-5.74 EPS.Persons that are interested in participating in the company’s earnings conference call can do so using this link.

Hershey (NYSE:HSY) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 31st. The company reported $1.26 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.27 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $1.99 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.01 billion. Hershey had a net margin of 15.11% and a return on equity of 95.97%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.03 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect Hershey to post $6 EPS for the current fiscal year and $6 EPS for the next fiscal year.

Shares of HSY stock opened at $116.86 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $24.39 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.80, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.43 and a beta of 0.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.31, a quick ratio of 0.60 and a current ratio of 0.93. Hershey has a fifty-two week low of $89.10 and a fifty-two week high of $117.74.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on HSY. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Hershey from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 2nd. ValuEngine cut shares of Hershey from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 24th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hershey has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $103.36.

In related news, CFO Patricia A. Little sold 7,208 shares of Hershey stock in a transaction on Monday, April 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $116.25, for a total value of $837,930.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 56,366 shares in the company, valued at $6,552,547.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Michele Buck sold 1,500 shares of Hershey stock in a transaction on Monday, April 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.00, for a total transaction of $175,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 161,429 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,887,193. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 41,793 shares of company stock worth $4,662,700. Corporate insiders own 0.87% of the company’s stock.

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Hershey Company Profile

The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells confectionery products. The company operates through two segments, North America; and International and Other. It offers chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products comprising mints, chewing gums, and bubble gums; pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings, beverages, and sundae syrups; and snack items, including spreads, meat snacks, bars and snack bites, mixes, popcorn and protein bars, and cookies.

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