Is Kroger interested in buying Whole Foods? Analysts read grocery merger tea leaves

Kroger Co. has been bandied about as a potential buyer of Austin-based Whole Foods Market Inc. as analysts try to make sense of an activist investor buying a large stake in the organic foods chain and talking about shaking it up.
But investment experts see Kroger more likely being impacted by other factors and not a likely buyer of Whole Foods (Nasdaq: WFM).
Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE: KR) is the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets and has become a huge player in natural…

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