Last year I twice noted (in April and July) better earnings for one of my old favorites: The Hershey Co. Today Hershey reported higher 4th quarter earnings, raised their cash dividend, and projected better sales for 2011. That's just one more sign that the economy has been getting better, whether the media agrees or not.

In fact, reading my post about Hershey from last July I note that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke had spoken to the US Senate just the day before, and he predicted that we would not experience a "double dip" recession. Remember that phrase - double dip? That seems to have dropped from public discourse, and well it should. Because as Bernanke said a year ago, the economy is not going to get worse, it has been and will continue to get better.

Sweet indeed.

GTC

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