NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The broader markets added to Thursday's gains on Friday as investors hope for resolution in Washington over the weekend.
Josh Brown, a financial adviser at Ritholtz Wealth Management, said uncertainty over whether there is a resolution to the standoff over the debt ceiling seems to be the last headwind keeping equities from moving higher. October is usually a pivot month, he said, meaning that stocks usually fall and then rally higher.
Tim Seymour, managing partner at Triogem Asset Management, said he is a seller of the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) and advised traders to be careful buying equities near the highs because of potential disappointment from the government.
Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, warned traders to watch for the 1,620 level in the S&P 500, but said that it may go up another 25 points first. He liked Exxon Mobil (XOM) on the long side.Dan Nathan, co-founder and editor of RiskReversal.com, said the resolution announcement will likely be a '"sell-the-news" type of event. He lifted his short positions and is long Apple (AAPL) ahead of the iPad event later this month.
Bill Fleckenstein, president of Fleckenstein Capital, was a guest on the show and is reopening his short fund after it was closed the previous four years. He said that it's not time to short yet but he plans to open the fund in early 2014. He argued that "printing to prosperity" never works, referring to the Federal Reserve's robust stimulus plan. He added that bonds are pricing in inflation and this will ultimately be bad for equity investors. Brown likes the earnings reports from Wells Fargo (WFC) and J.P. Morgan (JPM) and thinks Bank of America (BAC) could go higher next week after it reports. Adami likes Blackstone Group (BX) and U.S. Bancorp (USB). Citrix Systems (CTXS) was the first stock on the show's "Pops & Drops" segment. Nathan called the stock a "no touch" for now. Darden Restaurants (DRI) jumped 8% this week and Brown said the stock seems like a winner.
Netflix (NFLX) fell 8% this week. Seymour said it will likely struggle going forward and he wouldn't recommend buying it. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) popped 7% this week and Adami said the stock appears to have a little bit more upside, but considered it a longer-term short.
Brown said Chesapeake Energy's (CHK) CEO Doug Lawler is doing all the right things, but that the stock won't breakout until the mid-$30s.
Seymour said investors can own Vale (VALE) into earnings and beyond. For their final trades, Seymour was a buyer of Tesoro (TSO), Brown was a buyer of the Vanguard Materials ETF (VAW) and Adami said to buy Amphenol (APH). -- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.
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