SOURCE: Equity Markets Inc

November 04, 2011 09:00 ET

Professional Outlook, Will EU's Deal Hold the Markets? - Equity Research on Whole Foods Market, Inc. and The Kroger Co.

MACAU--(Marketwire - Nov 4, 2011) - Today, announced its research report highlighting Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) and The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Full content and research is available at

Markets are starting to step in the right direction, with the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) increasing from $600 billion to $1.4 trillion, a significant move to strengthen the safety net in place for Europe's most troubled countries.

It is likely China and the IMF will contribute to the bailout fund, with Greece alone receiving $180 billion in fresh aid. The remainder of Greece's obligations were halved in the process, with private bondholders of Greek debt settling at 50% - allowing banks to recapitalize at a healthy 9% reserve and bring Greece's debt burden down to 120% of GDP by 2020.

An important consideration is political commitment to this road map and probability of ongoing support for European Central Bank (ECB)'s recent deal. Currently the global community appears to be on point with ECB's initiative, an outlook that should be sufficient to support markets around current levels.

Equity Markets has reviewed Whole Foods Market, Inc. for its current position within the services industry. Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Whole Foods Market) is a natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company has one operating segment, natural and organic foods supermarkets. As of September 26, 2010, the Company operated 299 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The full research report on Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) is available here:

Equity Markets has reviewed The Kroger Co. for its development within the services industry. The Kroger Co. is a retailer in the United States. The Company also manufactures and processes some of the food for sale in its supermarkets. As of January 29, 2011, the Company operated 2,460 supermarket and multi-department stores under banners, which included Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The full research report on The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is available here:

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