With the exception of Wal-Mart ( WMT) and BJ's Wholesale Club ( BJ), grocery stocks were steeped in scarlet Thursday.

Wal-Mart shares were recently up 2.4% to $49.64 after the retail giant posted earnings that handily beat Wall Street's estimates.

BJ's shares also marked gains, recently rising 1.7% to $29.93.

Elsewhere, the story was not so positive:
  • Safeway (SWY) was falling 2.9% to $17.80.
  • Kroger (KR) was down 2.4% to $20.09.
  • Winn-Dixie (WINN) was down 10.2% to $8.34.
  • Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (GAP) was down 11.1% to $3.14.
  • Whole Foods Market (WFMI) was down 2.1% to $11.79.
  • Supervalu (SVU) was down 5.4% to $15.10.
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