<p>The video above is from Thursday's <em>MarketFoolery</em> podcast, featuring host Chris Hill and analysts Joe Magyer and Jason Moser. In this segment, the focus is on <strong>Safeway</strong>'s <span class="ticker" data-id="205622"><ticker exchange="NYSE" symbol="SWY">(NYSE: SWY)</ticker></span> quarterly profits, which were released early yesterday. Earnings came in lower than the previous quarter, with shares down 3.5% as a result. While Safeway has paid a steady dividend, the guys expect that to end in a couple of years. Unlike <strong>Whole Foods</strong> <span class="ticker" data-id="206054"><ticker exchange="NASDAQ" symbol="WFM">(Nasdaq: WFM)</ticker></span>, Safeway has been watching its gross margins shrink, which spells long-term trouble for the company.</p>
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