Analyst Recommendations for Hershey after Its 2Q16 Results



Target price updated

Since we last discussed Hershey’s (HSY) ratings and recommendations in our pre-earning series, Wall Street analysts have updated their target prices for the next 12 months. This follows Hershey’s 2Q16 results. However, recommendations remain the same. Around 94% of analysts still rate Hershey a “hold,” and 6% rate it a “sell.” No analysts rate it a “buy.”

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Analyst target prices for Hershey

The average broker target price for Hershey has risen by 11% to $106, from $95.50. The stock closed at $110.76 on July 29, 2016, which was 4% higher than the estimate.

Its peers’ target prices and return potentials as of July 29 are as follows:

  • Mondelez (MDLZ): target price of $50.31, surpassing estimates by 14%
  • ConAgra Foods (CAG): target price of $51.41, with a potential to rise by 10%
  • Campbell Soup (CPB): target price of $63.92, surpassing estimates by 3%

The First Trust NASDAQ-100 Equal Weighted ETF (QQEW) invests in MDLZ.

Credit Suisse increased its target price for Hershey

Credit Suisse has given Hershey the highest target price of $112. It increased by 23% after the 2Q16 earnings results. This represents a potential to rise by 1.1% compared to its closing price on July 29, 2016. The firm rates it a “hold.”

Barclays and Morgan Stanley have given Hershey the second-highest target price of $110. Hershey already beat this target by 0.69% as of July 29. Both firms rate it a “hold.” Bernstein has assigned Hershey the lowest target price of $98.


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