Updated from 1:14 p.m. EDT

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, widely held grocery stocks were in the green Tuesday as the broader market also endeavored to stay positive.

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. ( GAP) was leading the group in percentage gains, with the stock price rising 7.8% to $5.11. Costco ( COST) was close behind, rising 4.4% to $43.98.

Elsewhere:
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) was rising 2.5% to $50.
  • BJ's Wholesale (BJ) was up 3.7% to $30.66.
  • Kroger (KR) was up 1.3% to $21.40.
  • Whole Foods (WFMI) was up 5.2% to $15.74.
  • Safeway (SWY) was up 1.1% to $19.75.
  • SuperValu (SVU) rose 0.8% to $15.22.
  • Winn Dixie (WINN) rose 4.2% to $9.13.
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