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Subject:  Re: Wild Oats upgraded due to accelerating sales Date:  7/9/2005  6:25 PM
Author:  yodalives Number:  284 of 300

Wild Oats was raised to outperform from sector perform? Does this analyst really think OATS is going to outperform their sector- a sector with Whole Foods in it? Does he think that a total upside profit of 3 cents a share for the year justifies this kind of upgrade? Oats is currently selling a P/E in the 400's by my calculations, even if they make the 3 cents per share- which is a long shot by the companies own admission. They have a lot of debt, not a lot of cash, and they have the lowest margins in the industry. They are closing stores and two stores where I live don't even make enough profit to pay their local rent after all is said and done (I was told this by two Wild Oats store managers).

Wild Oats is losing market share. They are getting squeezed at the top by a much superior Whole Foods and kicked around at the bottom by Wal-mart, Costco, and Target. Plus, now comes Sunflower- a chain started by the original owners who grew Wild Oats initially. I would be interested to find out if Mr. Edward Aaron the esteemed analyst from RBC Capital Markets- the guy who upgraded the stock, has his own money invested in Wild Oats? Or does he merely recommend it to his customers so that he can sell them something and earn his commissions to pay for the crack he must be smokin'!!!

Dana- who is not a stock market analyst with RBC Capital Markets, but once got a scratch and sniff sticker for sitting really still in Mrs. Olsen's first grade class.

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