Grocery store stocks plummet after Amazon-Whole Foods deal

June 16, 2017
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2005 file photo, shoppers line up outside a Whole Foods Market before it opens for the day in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Online juggernaut Amazon announced Friday, June 16, 2017, that it is buying Whole Foods in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, including debt. Amazon.com Inc. will pay $42 per share of Whole Foods Market Inc. (Cydney Scott/Palm Beach Post via AP)

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market sent the stocks of grocery store operators and other companies that compete with Whole Foods plunging Friday.

Investors worry that Amazon, which has already won over hordes of shoppers of clothing, electronics and many other kinds of goods, wreaking havoc on department stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers, will do the same thing with groceries.

Here’s a look at some of the big moves in the stock market following news of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market.


—Amazon. Investors like the deal and think it will be good for the online retail giant, which has been expanding its grocery offerings. Amazon’s stock, which recently traded over $1,000 for the first time, rose $23.54, or 2.4 percent, to close at $987.71.


— Whole Foods Market. The natural foods retailer helped start a trend toward natural and organic foods, but its stock has struggled in recent years and recently the company shook up its board and said it would cut costs. The stock peaked at $65.24 in October 2013 and traded as low as $28.53 in March. On Friday it soared $9.62, or 29 percent, to $42.68, above the $42 a share Amazon agreed to pay.


— Wal-Mart Stores. The giant retailer sank $3.67, or 4.7 percent, to $75.24.

— Target. The retailer fell $2.85, or 5.1 percent, to $52.61.

— Costco. The wholesale club company gave up $12.95, or 7.2 percent, $167.11.

— Supervalu. The grocery store operator lost 54 cents, or 14.4 percent, to $3.22.

— United Natural Foods. The purveyor of natural and organic foods suffered gave back $4.36, or 11 percent, to $35.39.

— Kroger. The grocery store chain declined $2.27, or 9.2 percent, to $22.29.

— Sysco. The food distributor sank $1.15, or 1.2 percent, to $54.38.

— Cal-Maine Foods. The egg producer fell $1.75, or 4.5 percent, to $37.35.

— CVS Health. The drugstore company lost $3.03, or 3.8 percent, to $77.06.

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