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Kroger: Intriguing Play Ahead Of Third-Quarter Report

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Kroger: Intriguing Play Ahead Of Third-Quarter Report
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The nation's largest traditional grocery chain, Kroger Co(NYSE: KR) has had a difficult year amid a deflationary food price environment. Share prices have declined nearly 20 percent in 2016, meaning it could be an appropriate time to take a closer look.

Barclays views Kroger as “best-in-class,” although concerns regarding deflation, competition and lower fuel profits remain a concern. Shares are up nearly 10 percent for Kroger since the election.

With Kroger approaching its third-quarter earnings report Thursday, analysts have been overwhelmingly bullish on the future prospects of the company. “Either way, Kroger’s shares should react sharply to the third-quarter earnings report,” said Barron's last week.

Sell-Side Sentiment

  • Argus Research: Maintains Buy rating, $43 PT.
  • Barclay: Initiated coverage with Equal-Weight rating, $33 PT.
  • Citigroup: Maintains Buy rating, $39 PT.
  • Deutsche Bank: Maintains Buy rating, $39 PT.
  • Jefferies: Maintains Hold rating, $32 PT.
  • Oppenheimer: Maintains Outperform rating, $40 PT.
  • SunTrust: Maintains Neutral rating, $35 PT.

At last check, Kroger shares were down 1.36 percent at $32.65.

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Latest Ratings for KR

DateFirmActionFromTo
Dec 2016PiperJaffrayUpgradesUnderweightNeutral
Sep 2016JefferiesMaintainsHold
Sep 2016BarclaysInitiates Coverage onEqual-Weight

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