CREDIT SUISSE: Kroger should think about buying Whole Foods (WFM, KR)


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On April 10, activist investor Jana Partners revealed an 8.8% stake in Whole Foods Market, and declared its intention to speed up a turnaround at the company.  Jana is pushing the company to consider "strategic alternatives," or an exit strategy.

Since then, shares of Whole Foods have risen 14.26%.

While some analysts believe that the best possible outcome is already priced in, Credit Suisse analyst Edward J. Kelly thinks that the stock will move at least 12.67% higher to $40.

He...

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Walmart is crushing Kroger and making food history (WMT, KR)

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Walmart is aggressively cutting prices in its grocery department, and that's having a ripple effect across the entire food industry.

The price cuts have made Walmart one of the cheapest options in the country for groceries.

It has also helped draw out one of the longest stretches of food-price deflation in history, as Walmart's rivals respond by also slashing prices.

"Walmart dominates in food in the US with (for the most part) the most attractive prices in food retail nationally,"...

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We compared prices at Whole Foods to those at Trader Joe's — and the results were surprising (WFM)

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Whole Foods is trying desperately to shed its "Whole Paycheck" reputation as it loses millions of customers to grocery store rivals like Kroger and Trader Joe's.

While sales of organic food have more than tripled in the past decade, same-store sales at Whole Foods have decelerated in recent years as conventional grocery stores up their organic variety and offer more competitive prices. 

To see how Whole Foods is doing, we visited a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's just a few blocks...

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Whole Foods shares jump on report that Amazon had considered a bid (WFM, AMZN)

Whole Foods is up again Wednesday morning, higher by 1.5%, after a pair of analyst upgrades and a Bloomberg report that Amazon had considered a bid for the company last fall but never followed through. Whole Foods is under pressure from activist Jana Partners to pursue a sale. Jana on Tuesday disclosed an 8.3% stake in Whole Foods. Amazon is on Jana's list of hypothetical buyers.

"Jana’s list of potential bidders includes Amazon, as well as traditional grocery chains such as Kroger Co. and...