Is Kroger Co. a leveraged buyout candidate? Though the company maintains that it is not, Wall Street websites keep buzzing with speculation. Writing on earlier this month, “Takeover Analyst,” who is not identified, wrote, “I expect takeover offers to draw near for Kroger,” based on its favorable financial results. “The company has delivered top-line growth every year since 1987,” the author wrote, “but it is still cheaper ...

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