Whole Foods Market

  • Good For Your Health, But Is Going Organic Good For Your Portfolio?

    By Jamison Hill - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: BNNY, SFM, TFM, WWAV, WFM

    Living in a notoriously organic-friendly place—the San Francisco Bay Area—nothing “earthy” surprises me anymore. Not even a catchy slogan. Driving down a rural road the other day, I passed one of the more clever bits of organic food promotion I have seen. The witty phrase was posted on the side of a fruit stand urging shoppers, "Don't Panic, It's Organic." Slogans like these, which started as more »

  • Can This Grocer Live Up to Its Name?

    By Robert Hanley - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: SVU, KR, WFM

    SUPERVALU’s (NYSE: SVU) name might imply something extraordinary, but its results have been less than extraordinary lately, as it struggles with declining store profitability and too many brands. SUPERVALU's untimely purchase of Albertson’s grocery chains in 2006 almost proved to be the company’s undoing, as it had limited recourse to pay off its debt maturities.

    Fortunately, private equity giant Cerberus and its partners came to the more »

  • Organic & Natural Food Retailers: How Do The Players Stack Up?

    By BA McKenna - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM

    Consumers have increasingly been gobbling up organic foods, driving U.S. sales from $11 billion in 2004 to $27 billion in 2012. Organic food sales grew at an annual rate of 7.4% in 2012, more than double the growth rate for all food sales. Given organics account for less than 5% of overall grocery sales, there's still plenty of growth potential left. 

    Since going public in 1992, first-mover more »

  • Go for the Green With Organic Markets

    By Kyle Colona - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: HAIN, TFM, WFM

    Organic and natural food markets continue to expand their brands. And this is good for consumers’ health and investors’ wallets. Organic food and product shops have grown significantly for several years in terms of revenue and earnings growth while gaining market share in the retail grocery sector.

    Based on the outlook of a number of these brands including Whole Foods Markets (NASDAQ: WFM), The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM), and The more »

  • 6 Reasons to Invest in This Grocer

    By William Bias - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, KR, WFM

    As part owner of a publicly traded business you should want to own shares in a company that possesses an edge over competitors. The organic food and natural products provided by Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) gives this business an edge in the commoditized grocery store arena. Whole Foods Market represents a good investment for the following six reasons.

    Superior fundamentals

    Whole Foods Market caters to a growing niche where more »

  • Your Best Bet in Organics

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: SWY, UNFI, WFM

    One of the biggest trends of late has been the move to organic foods, with the consumption of organic and natural foods having grown gangbusters over the past few years. While many investors are loading their portfolios up with Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), I think there might be a better way to play the organic food craze. 

    United Natural Foods (NASDAQ: UNFI) is the U.S.' leading distributor of more »
  • Is Whole Foods the Next Costco?

    By Daniel Jennings - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COST, WFM

    If you examine their business models, Costco Wholesale (COST) and Whole Foods Market (WFM) don’t seem to have much in common. Yet if you look closely, you’ll notice that the two retailers share some of the same values and customer base.

    Both chains cater to higher-income shoppers that dislike traditional retailers and discounters. The two chains also stress strong values and a quality shopping experience. Another thing the more »

  • This IPO Sprouted Too High

    By Mark Holder - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM | Editor's Choice

    After the 123% gain following the IPO, Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) appears to have sprouted too far for new investors. The company offers a compelling shopping experience and attractive pricing, but can it grow fast enough to justify a market cap exceeding $6 billion with revenue of only $2 billion last year.

    Sprouts competes in the fast growing and suddenly competitive natural and organic grocery sector against the likes more »

  • Going Green May Earn You Green

    By Denise Smith - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: BNNY, HAIN, WFM

    Having a baby changed a lot of things. One of them is my shopping list. Before baby, I never would have considered buying the more expensive organic products. Now, I buy them without question. This led me to research the companies that make organic baby foods, toiletries and other products. It turns out that I am not the only consumer making these choices. This could open a door for new more »

  • What the Sprouts IPO Tells Investors About Whole Foods

    By Eric Novinson - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM

    Grocery stores that sell organic food remain popular with investors. Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) more than doubled in price on its first trading day. Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) now has another publicly traded peer that could attempt aggressive price competition to capture market share. Sprouts also helps illustrate the current opportunities and threats for Whole Foods.

    The Health Food Market

    Sprouts' prospectus supports the argument that the health food more »

  • The New Age of Supermarkets

    By Rob Byrnes - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: COST, WFM

    A cultural shift has occurred in America over the simple question of Bulk or Organic? It’s not an easy question to answer, both produce totally different lifestyles that Americans have to consciously choose to follow. Two paths have arisen and they are the cornucopia of bulk goods available at stores like Costco (NASDAQ: COST) or the organic foods available in the purist’s paradise at Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFMmore »)

  • Organic Does Taste Better

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: IMKTA, TFM, WFM

    The organic food craze has been great for investors over the years. Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) is one of the biggest benefactors. The stock has been a four bagger over the past five years, having returned an annualized 38% over this time. 

    Whole Foods owns and operates the largest U.S. chain of natural- and organic- foods supermarkets. The news of late has been great, with the company posting more »

  • Organic Food Market Heats Up

    By Gerelyn Terzo - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: FWM, SFM, WFM

    Equities are back in favor. The pace of IPO issuance is rapidly approaching its best performance since 2007. New issues have raised some $18.7 billion in the U.S. and the IPO market hasn't seen this much activity since 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal

    Sprouting up profits

    One of those new issues has taken the markets by storm. Organic food store Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFMmore »)

  • Can Whole Foods Maintain Its Margins?

    By Timothy Green - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: SFM, KR, WFM

    In the organic and natural grocery business Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) is the largest player in its market, with over 350 stores and annual revenue of $12 billion. Whole Foods also has extremely high margins compared to traditional grocers, achieved by charging higher prices for its high-quality products. But are these margins sustainable? As the company grows to 1,000 stores, which the company has set as its target, will more »

  • This Retailer’s Value Pricing Strategy Is Critical in Winning New Customers

    By Mark Lin - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: SFM, UNFI, WFM

    In a relatively new market like organic food, I believe the first company to gain significant market share will end up as the eventual market leader. Low prices are especially critical in gaining customer acceptance in this kind of nascent market. Listed on the first day of August 2013, Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) is one of the largest specialty retailers of natural and organic food in the U.S more »

  • Is This Pricey Grocer Worth It?

    By Mark Holder - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, SFM, TFM, WFM

    With the smashing success of the Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM) IPO, one has to wonder if the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) stock is undervalued. Natural Grocers has a faster growth rate and the stock didn’t have the same IPO pop.

    The company competes in the quickly growing natural and organic grocery sector against the likes of Sprouts, The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) and Whole Foods more »

  • What a Wonderful World With Whole Foods

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: SBUX, DIS, WFM

    Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM)  is now in the travel biz, organizing foodie tours, wellness adventures, hands on cooking, global volunteering, and more for a total of 15 separate tours. And so far I have not read one word about it in the financial press.

    Take me away, Whole Foods!

    The organic and natural grocer chain of 355 stores in the US, Canada, and the UK has buyers crossing the more »

  • Profit From the Many Going Nuts Over All Things Almond

    By BA McKenna - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: HAIN, SJM, WWAV, WFM

    I love almonds, so when I discovered WhiteWave Foods (NYSE: WWAV), Blue Diamond Growers, and others produced almond milk, it was bye bye soy milk. And when I tasted Hain Celestial's (NASDAQ: HAIN) almond butter, it was adios to peanut butters, such as J.M. Smucker's (NYSE: SJM) All Natural.

    I'm hardly alone, as global demand for almonds and almond milk is soaring, while demand for almond more »

  • Add This Grocer to Your Portfolio for Healthy Returns

    By usha patodia - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: NGVC, TFM, WFM

    Organic food is “in” now. Consumers are becoming more health conscious and are preferring organic and natural-food products over fast food. The organic food industry has been growing rapidly by 10% every year, contributing more than $30 billion to the U.S. market alone. This is certainly good news for the undisputed king of organic food grocers--Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM). Shares of Whole Foods increased by around 10 more »

  • Is This Organic Foods Leader Too Expensive?

    By Matthew Frankel - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: KR, WWAV, WFM

    With sales nearly quadrupling over the last decade, Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) has been quite a nice growth story, capitalizing on the trend toward healthier eating and food awareness in the U.S. Whole Foods is also one of my favorite stocks to follow around earnings season, as it has been extremely reactive to its recent earnings reports. A less than stellar report in February created an excellent buying more »

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