Institutional Stock Support for The Kroger Co.

Insiders are generally long-term investors due to restriction in making short-term profits. In contrast, wealth management institutions always have short-term investment. Wall St. Watchdog reveals information regarding the insiders and institutions which recently increased stock shares of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).

SEC data indicate that these institutions significantly increased their stock shares of The Kroger Co. in Q3 2011:

ARTISAN PARTNERS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP: On 06/30/2011, held 0 shares. On 09/30/2011, held 10,284,600 shares, worth $224,718,510.

RR PARTNERS LP: On 06/30/2011, held 0 shares. On 09/30/2011, held 5,656,400 shares, worth $123,592,340.

HUSSMAN ECONOMETRICS ADVISORS, INC.: On 06/30/2011, held 0 shares. On 09/30/2011, held 1,000,000 shares, worth $21,850,000.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO: On 06/30/2011, held 0 shares. On 09/30/2011, held 953,662 shares, worth $20,837,515.

CARLSON CAPITAL L P: On 06/30/2011, held 0 shares. On 09/30/2011, held 893,518 shares, worth $19,523,368.

About the company: The Kroger Co. operates supermarkets and convenience stores in the United States. The Company also manufactures and processes some of the foods that its supermarkets sell.

Competitors to Watch: Safeway Inc. (NYSE:SWY), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM), SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU), The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ:TFM), Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:WINN), Ingles Markets, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMKTA), Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK), Delhaize Group (NYSE:DEG), Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT) and Arden Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDNA).

(Note: Data regarding The Kroger Co.’s stock holdings are sourced from whalewisdom.com. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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