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.