Hershey Company ( HSY ) will begin trading ex-dividend on February 22, 2017. A cash dividend payment of $0.618 per share is scheduled to be paid on March 15, 2017. Shareholders who purchased HSY prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that HSY has paid the same dividend.
The previous trading day's last sale of HSY was $107.65, representing a -8.61% decrease from the 52 week high of $117.79 and a 22.44% increase over the 52 week low of $87.92.
HSY is a part of the Consumer Non-Durables sector, which includes companies such as Snyder's-Lance, Inc. ( LNCE ) and J & J Snack Foods Corp. ( JJSF ). HSY's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $3.35. Zacks Investment Research reports HSY's forecasted earnings growth in 2017 as 8.66%, compared to an industry average of 8.7%.
Interested in gaining exposure to HSY through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have HSY as a top-10 holding:
- SPDR Select Sector Fund - Consumer Staples ( XLP ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is XLP with an increase of 2.97% over the last 100 days. It also has the highest percent weighting of HSY at 0.89%.
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