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The Hershey Company (HSY)

  • Thu, Mar. 26, 12:37 PM
    • Deutsche Bank thinks 3G Capital will be back in the food sector for a major acquisition faster than some other investment firms anticipate.
    • 3G put itself in a stronger position to make a major purchase by not adding debt in the Kraft deal.
    • Analyst Eric Katzman sees some food names trading with a premium as the 3G shadow hangs over the sector, while others have downside risk with M&A speculation not making as much sense.
    • Premium on: ConAgra (NYSE:CAG), General Mills (NYSE:GIS), Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP).
    • Premium off: Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB), Hershey (NYSE:HSY), Hormel (NYSE:HRL), Kellogg (NYSE:K), J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM).
    • Previously: Investors snapping up food stocks (Mar. 25 2015)
    • Previously: Beer fallout from Kraft buyout (Mar. 25 2015)
    • Previously: Kraft-Heinz merger has a few ETFs on the move (Mar. 25 2015)
  • Fri, Mar. 6, 10:46 AM
    • Global consumer staples stocks are weaker than market averages as concerns on market pricing and F/X sit in the background.
    • The 1.21% gain in the U.S. Dollar Index isn't going unnoticed by traders.
    • Notable decliners include General Mills (NYSE:GIS) -1.6%, Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) -2.0%, Unilever (NYSE:UL) -1.9%, General Mills (GIS) -1.8%, Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) -1.9%, Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) -1.8%, Hershey (NYSE:HSY) -1.8%, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) -1.2%.
    • The Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) is down 1.2% versus S&P 500 -0.4%.
    • Other staples ETFs: VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC
  • Thu, Jan. 29, 7:33 AM
    • Hershey (NYSE:HSY) reports seasonal net sales in the North America were in line with expectations.
    • The company saw a 3.1 point benefit to sales growth in Q4 from higher prices.
    • Foreign exchange translation clipped 80 bps from sales growth.
    • Gross margin rate +30 bps to 44.1%, aided by lower input costs.
    • Net margin rate +60 bps to 10.1%.
    • HSY -2.7% premarket.
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  • Jul. 16, 2014, 2:09 PM
    • Investors are punishing Hershey (HSY -2.5%) after the company raised prices yesterday and offered a new sales forecast on the low end of its previous guidance.
    • Credit Suisse cuts it rating on the candy seller to Neutral from Outperform on its view that valuation has outrun earnings growth.
    • Though Nestle and Kraft Foods Group are expected to follow with price hikes of their own, analysts think they will squeeze out a little marketing spin on Hershey's higher prices first.
  • Dec. 19, 2013, 11:19 AM
    • Hershey (HSY) buys a majority stake through one of its subsidiaries in Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Company for a deal value of $584M.
    • The company will slowly acquire the shares during 2014.
    • This year, Shanghai Golden Monkey is on pace to have sales of $225M.
    • Hershey expects the deal to be slightly accretive in 2014.
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  • Jul. 26, 2012, 3:10 PM
    Hershey (HSY +1.6%) may need to generate $1B in annual revenue from acquisitions to reach its goal of $10B in sales within five years, CEO John Bilbrey says. HSY seeks to build distribution in emerging economies where it can boost sales to growing middle-class populations; it sees $30B of M&A potential in the highly fragmented global confection and snack market.
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  • Apr. 24, 2012, 9:00 AM
    Premarket gainers: RMBS +5%. BYD +5%. PSS +4%. BHI +4%. GRFS +4%. HSY +4%. KERX +3%. MMM +3%. SNV +3%. TXN +3%. F +3%.
    Losers: BIG -18%. NFLX -15%. RSH -10%. CXW -10%. SYMC -7%. WAT -7%. ARMH -5%. NOK -4%. RBDS -3%. COH -3%. ING -3%.
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  • Apr. 24, 2012, 7:56 AM
    More on Hershey Foods' (HSY) Q1: Net price realization added 10.9 points to sales total, while volume was off 0.5 points Y/Y. Advertising expenses +14% Y/Y. Increases full-year EPS growth guidance to 10%-12%, from a prior estimate calling for 9%-11%. Shares +1.9% premarket. (PR)
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  • Mar. 12, 2012, 9:47 AM
    Hershey (HSY +1.5%) is raised to Buy at Goldman Sachs, which says it "benefits from portfolio resilience at home and strong momentum abroad... one of the few [packaged food companies] that can maintain organic sales growth momentum and beat earnings expectations." General Mills (GIS -0.3%) and Smuckers (SJM -0.6%) are cut to Neutral.
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Company Description
The Hershey Co is engaged in the manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing chocolate and sugar confectionery products, pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings and beverages; and gum and mint refreshment products.
Industry: Confectioners
Country: United States