Grocery stocks had a rough go of it along with the broader market Monday. Kroger ( KR) shares ended the day down 2% to $19.46 ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings report. The company reports earnings Tuesday before the market opens. In December, the Cincinnati-based company forecast fourth-quarter earnings of 49 cents a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters are predicting earnings of 51 cents per share, with revenue for the quarter rising to $18.3 billion from $17.23 billion last year. Elsewhere:
Whole Foods (WFMI) fell 2.7% to $11.76. Safeway (SWY) fell 1.6% to $17.24. SuperValu (SVU) fell 3.6% to $13.84. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (GAP) fell 1.6% to $3.05. Costco (COST) fell 1.4% to $38.44. BJ's Wholesale (BJ) fell 0.9% to $30.05. Wal-Mart (WMT) fell 2.9% to $47.51. Winn Dixie ( WINN) fell 2.9% to $8.02.