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Ranking InvestorPlace’s 10 Best Stocks for 2012 Through Q3

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No. 3: Hershey

Hershey HSYQ3 Return: -2%
YTD Return
: +15%
Jon Markman

Sweet stock Hershey (NYSE:HSY) held onto its bronze-medal spot through Q3 — but just barely. The company edged out Microsoft with slightly slimmer losses in the third quarter.

Does this mean Hershey could be set up for a final bolt to the top? Maybe, considering it remains the leader in the North American chocolate market with 43% of sales and also pays out an appealing steady dividend.

But while Markman continues to be bullish on the stock, calling its results “hard to argue with,” those impressive third-place gains are still less than half the gains of the leader.

So, while Hershey’s performance definitely deserves a nod, it still needs to sell a few more Reese’s and Kit Kat bars if it wants to be No. 1.

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