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Whole Foods wilting, Family Dollar sliding, Blackberry crushed


Making the list today as measured by your Yahoo Finance Ticker searches are:

Blackberry (BBRY): the once dominant handset maker for middle managers everywhere trending today as CEO John Chen announces the company may exit the handset business. Chen says he would like to focus on the services side with an emphasis on security. At its peak Blackberry had more than 40% of the US smartphone market and booked $3.4 billion in annual profits. By the end of last quarter the company's share of new subscribers was under 1%.  Had Mr. Chen simply stopped selling handsets it's doubtful anyone would have noticed.

Family Dollar (FDO): shares are weaker after the deep discounter missed estimates and guided lower. Same store sales dropped almost 4%. Surprise, surprise - management blamed a harsh winter but also held themselves accountable for improving performance. The that end Family Dollar said it would be cutting expenses and closing 370 unprofitable stores across the country. We told you to watch this one as a "tell" on the consumer. Suffice it to say it didn't tell us anything good.

Whole Foods (WFM): The high-end grocer getting whacked by over 2% on the news that Walmart (WMT) is pushing on it's turf. This morning Walmart announced a plan to partner with Wild Oats on an expansion of Walmart's organic offerings starting this month. Walmart says customers will save around 25% or more when compared to other national brand organic products. It remains to be seen if organic customers are going to be willing to shop for their feel-good products at the Darth Vader of retailers, but those who do will be paying less. That's obvioulsy a direct threat to Whole Foods' bottom line.

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