Widely held grocery stocks were generally off to a healthy start Monday, with only

Wal-Mart

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trading in negative territory.Whole Foods shares got a lift Monday after an analyst at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey upgraded the stock to market perform from underperform, citing effective cost-cutting and a favorable antitrust settlement with the FTC in which it will sell 13 Wild Oats stores. The analyst also raised her price target on the stock to $14. Whole Foods shares were recently up 5.4% to $15.16.

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, on the other hand, was treading in negative territory Monday, with shares recently down 0.5% to $48.96, a drop that some have attributed to

Ben Bernanke's assertion

that the recession could end in 2009.

If that's the case, Bernanke's comments did not have a similar effect on bulk sellers

Costco

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-- which rose 1.4% to $42.77 -- and

BJ's Wholesale

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-- recently up 2.1% to $30.01.Elsewhere:

Shares of Kroger were up 0.4% to $21.34.

Safeway rose 2.5% to $19.72.

SuperValu rose 2.6% to $15.36.

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. ( GAP) rose 8.8% to $5.21.

Winn Dixie ( WINN) rose 0.9% to $9.02.