The recent run-up in the market would make it easy to justify selling any stock these days. Yet, while panic never helps investors, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments.
Consider healthy foods retailer Whole Foods Market
Here at The Motley Fool, we like to consider both the good and the bad sides of an investment, so in this article, I'm highlighting three of the main bearish arguments about Whole Foods Market. Be sure to read the bullish side as well, and then weigh in with your own comments below or rate Whole Foods Market in CAPS.
1. Too soon for recovery
Although Whole Foods' recent earnings release included a rosy outlook for this year, outlooks coming from several of Whole Foods' competitors have raised questions about a recovery for food retailers. SUPERVALU
2. Organic competition
Whole Foods has been fending off competition in recent year as numerous other companies have invaded its organic turf. Wal-Mart
3. Coupon shoppers
SUPERVALU management recently said it saw a big jump in coupon use last year and a continuing weak consumer environment. And consumers have been flocking to discount store Family Dollar Stores
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Fool contributor Dave Mock would like to eat healthier, but the siren call of ice cream is just too strong. He doesn't own shares of companies mentioned here. Wal-Mart is an Inside Value choice. Whole Foods Market is a Stock Advisor recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy still ranks push-ups as the worst punishment that can be doled out.