KROGER TRADING REIGNITES BUYOUT SPECULATION CINCINNATI — A rise in credit default swaps and heavy volume in stock option positions in Kroger last week raised anew rumors that the retailer here could be the target of private equity interests. An observer quoted in a Reuters report said, “They are possibly in play right now.” Credit default swaps, or the cost to insure Kroger's debt, climbed by around 4 basis points Tuesday. Similar activity in April initially aroused speculation that Kroger ...

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