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Why Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Three Other Stocks Are Trending Today?

The S&P 500, Dow Jones, and NASDAQ are all in the green in the first hours of trading as the market continues to anticipate an accomodative decision from Federal Reserve regarding interest rates after Friday’s dismal payroll report. If interest rates stay low, equities and their yields will remain competitive with bond yields. Among the stocks trending this morning are Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM), BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE:HOG), Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). Let’s find out why each stock is in the spotlight and see how the world’s greatest investors are positioned in each stock.
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Bullish Barron’s Write Up On Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) is trading 2.5% higher after a Barron’s article predicted that the stock could rebound as much as 20% over the next 12 months as cost cuts and the launch of new smaller stores help the bottom line. Whole Foods’ same store sales decline is expected to moderate over this quarter and next and could turn positive as its newly-found competitive pricing increases demand. Adding to profits and revenues will be Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM)’s new 365 value chain, which is a smaller store format featuring value items. The new store concept is expected to eventually ramp up to 1,200 stores. Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management owned over 1.3 million shares of Whole Foods Market at the end of March.

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BlackRock Sells Some Real Estate

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) is in the spotlight today after the firm scored the largest single-tower real estate deal in Singapore. According to Bloomberg, the sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority has agreed to purchase BlackRock’s Asia Square Tower 1 for around $2.5 billion. The tower is 90% occupied and counts numerous financial firms as tentpole tenants. The sale breathes some lift into the Singapore real estate market. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management owned 75,737 shares of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) at the end of the first quarter.

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On the next page, we examine Harley-Davidson, Brinker International, and Wal-Mart Stores.