The possibility remains for retail giant Walmart (WMT) - Get Report to step in and counter Amazon.com's (AMZN) - Get Report bid for the health grocer Whole Foods Market (WFM) , analysts at JPMorgan noted on Thursday.
The firm argued that Walmart could be drawn to the grocery chain's wealthier customer base and strong brands.
"We do think there is a chance that Walmart makes a bid," the report said. "WMT stands out as the only company in our coverage with the means and motive to counterbid, but the motive is ultimately more driven by a defensive strategy."
However, should Walmart choose to bid for Whole Foods, it is unlikely to win "given Amazon's war chest of cash/stock and the value of the WFM platform to Amazon," the analysts wrote.
They also cautioned that a bidding war could distract Walmart from its own strategic effort to enhance its e-commerce.
Walmart's shares fell slightly to $75.52 on Thursday.
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