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Here's Why Hershey (HSY) is a Strong Value Stock

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Achieving those goals is made easier with the Zacks Style Scores, a unique set of guidelines that rates stocks based on popular investing methodologies, namely value, growth, and momentum. The Style Scores can help you narrow down which stocks are better for your portfolio and which ones can beat the market over the long-term.

Why Investors Should Pay Attention to This Value Stock

Different than growth or momentum investors, value-focused investors are all about finding good stocks at good prices, and discovering which companies are trading under what their true value is before the broader market catches on. The Value Style Score utilizes ratios like P/E, PEG, Price/Sales, and Price/Cash Flow to help pick out the most attractive and discounted stocks.

Hershey (HSY)

Founded in 1894 and based in Hershey, PA, The Hershey Company (HSY), is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America as well as a global leader in chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery. In addition, Hershey manufactures pantry items like baking ingredients, toppings and beverages; and gum and mint refreshment products; snack bites and mixes, as well as spreads.

HSY is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock, with a Value Style Score of B and VGM Score of B. Shares are currently trading at a forward P/E of 28X for the current fiscal year compared to the Food - Confectionery industry's P/E of 26.7X. Additionally, HSY has a PEG Ratio of 3.7 and a Price/Cash Flow ratio of 26.4X. Value investors should also note HSY's Price/Sales ratio of 4.7X.

Many value investors pay close attention to a company's earnings as well. For HSY, seven analysts revised their earnings estimate upwards in the last 60 days, and the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $0.06 to $8.28 per share for 2022. Per share HSY boasts an average earnings surprise of 8.9%.

With strong valuation and earnings metrics, a good Zacks Rank, and top-tier Value and VGM Style Scores, investors should strongly think about adding HSY to their portfolios.

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