US candy maker Hershey Foods may soon announce plans to repurchase stock using the 'Dutch auction' process. Salomon Smith Barney analyst Jaine Mehring is quoted by the Harrisburg Patriot as saying: "We think there is a possibility that Hershey might announce a meaningful share buyback, perhaps via a Dutch auction, by the time it reports earnings." The company declined to comment, but is known to have spare cash which could logically be used to buy back stock.