Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion; Bets on Physical Stores and Food Business

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FBN’s Stuart Varney and Liz MacDonald on Amazon’s deal to buy Whole Foods.

Online giant announced Friday, June 16, 2017 that is buying organic grocery chain Whole Foods (WFM) for $13.7 billion in cash.

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Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) said Whole Foods stores will continue operating under the Whole Foods name as a separate unit of Amazon, while Whole Foods CEO John Mackey will stay as leader of Whole Foods, which will keep its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Amazon Stock 5-day June 16, 2017

The deal values Whole Foods at $42 a share, 27% higher than where the stock was trading Thursday.

Whole Foods Stock 5-day June 16, 2017

Grocery giant Kroger (KR), and owner of Mariano’s, said Thursday, June 15, 2017 that its profits for the year would be lower than Wall Street expected. Kroger’s stock dropped nearly 20%.

Kroger 5day Stock June 16, 2017

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The merger involves the largest Amazon has ever paid for an acquisition, and is the largest merger and acquisition for a U.S grocer..

Amazon acquired Whole Foods in a record-setting $13.7 billion deal. They were also granted a patent that prevents in-store shoppers from online price checking. Find out how this changes your shopping experience. (Amazon founder and CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos owns the Washington Post).

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