Northcoast Asset Management Lowers stake in Hershey Co (HSY)

Hershey Co (HSY) : Northcoast Asset Management reduced its stake in Hershey Co by 9.88% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 553,599 shares of Hershey Co which is valued at $61,709,681 after selling 60,698 shares in Hershey Co , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 15, 2016.Hershey Co makes up approximately 5.02% of Northcoast Asset Management’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Numina Capital Management sold out all of its stake in HSY during the most recent quarter. The investment firm sold 119,650 shares of HSY which is valued $13,337,386.Ycg reduced its stake in HSY by selling 26,699 shares or 23.9% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 85,022 shares of HSY which is valued at $9,477,402. Hershey Co makes up approx 2.93% of Ycg’s portfolio.Bluemountain Capital Management boosted its stake in HSY in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 4,014 additional shares and now holds a total of 4,597 shares of Hershey Co which is valued at $512,428. Hershey Co makes up approx 0.02% of Bluemountain Capital Management’s portfolio.Murphy Capital Management Inc reduced its stake in HSY by selling 2,170 shares or 9.78% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 20,025 shares of HSY which is valued at $2,185,128. Hershey Co makes up approx 0.33% of Murphy Capital Management Inc’s portfolio.

Hershey Co closed down -0.35 points or -0.35% at $99.54 with 11,89,256 shares getting traded on Thursday. Post opening the session at $100.06, the shares hit an intraday low of $99.43 and an intraday high of $100.4499 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Thursday session in Red.

On the company’s financial health, Hershey Co reported $0.85 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.07 according to the earnings call on Jul 28, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.78. The company had revenue of $1637.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $1608.86 million. The company’s revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.78 EPS.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Hershey Co. Hershey Co was Resumed by JP Morgan to “Neutral” on Sep 6, 2016. BofA/Merrill Resumed Hershey Co on Aug 30, 2016 to “Underperform”, Price Target of the shares are set at $100.Company shares were Reiterated by RBC Capital Mkts on Jul 27, 2016 to “Sector Perform”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 105 from a previous price target of $92 .

The Hershey Company (Hershey) is a provider of chocolate and sugar confectionery. The Company’s principal confectionery offerings include chocolate and sugar confectionery products; pantry items such as baking ingredients toppings and beverages; snack items such as spreads and gum and mint refreshment products. The Company operates through two segments: North America and International and Other. The North America segment is responsible for its chocolate and sugar confectionery business in the United States and Canada. The International and Other segment includes all other countries where the Company manufactures imports markets sells or distributes chocolate sugar confectionery and other products. This includes operations in Asia Latin America Europe Africa and the Middle East along with exports to these regions. This segment also includes its global retail operations including Hershey’s Chocolate World stores.

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