Hershey Company ( HSY ) will begin trading ex-dividend on November 21, 2016. A cash dividend payment of $0.618 per share is scheduled to be paid on December 15, 2016. Shareholders who purchased HSY prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 6% increase over prior dividend payment. At the current stock price of $99.16, the dividend yield is 2.49%.
The previous trading day's last sale of HSY was $99.16, representing a -15.82% decrease from the 52 week high of $117.79 and a 20.31% increase over the 52 week low of $82.42.
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 $3.78. Zacks Investment Research reports HSY's forecasted earnings growth in 2016 as 4.64%, compared to an industry average of 4.6%.
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 decrease of -4.95% over the last 100 days. It also has the highest percent weighting of HSY at 0.9%.