Focus Stock of the Week

This week’s Focus Stock of the Week is Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (SFM: $31.39), which carries S&P Capital IQ’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. The company’s strategy targets both the conventional supermarket customer and specialty natural and organic customers. A key component of the strategy is to lure customers into stores with a vast produce offering at what it considers great value, which we view as an important point of differentiation from peers....
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Food Retail

Our fundamental outlook for the food retail sub-industry for the next 12 months is neutral. Although we believe food cost inflation will remain at low levels over the next six months, we think earnings risks remain high as some traditional retailers may continue to choose to delay passing along price increases in an effort to protect and gain market share....
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