Whole Foods' 'Healthy' Pullback

There is no debating that high-end grocer Whole Foods Market (WFM) is a long-term wealth creator. Less obvious to the casual investor is the dramatic difference in how the stock has performed depending on the company's valuation at the time of purchase.

Whole Foods was so beloved back in 2007 that the shares commanded more than 60x current earnings. That is a lofty multiple even in good times. It torpedoed the (split-adjusted) stock by more than 90% by the time of its 2008 low. Earnings per share and the price-to-earnings ratio contracted simultaneously....249 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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