The stock market continued to slide on Monday as the dollar reversed higher to take down the commodity stocks. The Dow closed down 55 points and the Nasdaq 43 points. The crew at CNBC's "Fast Money" guide investors through these tricky market waters.

Pete Najarian's one concern all day long was the strength in the volatility index, which closed on the highs. Because the market traded so poorly at the end of the day, he is very bearish right now. Jeff Macke joins the bears because the market couldn't bounce on Monday. Karen Finerman didn't think it was so bad on Monday, since the financials found a bid. Guy Adami predicts we see 12,700 on the Dow.

Dennis Gartman

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Dennis Gartman, author of The Gartman Letter, joined the 'Fast Money" crew to discuss his take on the dollar, which he predicted last Friday was due for a bounce. The dollar had its biggest one day reversal in a year on Monday. Gartman expects that the dollar has a lot more upside to go and he would also keep an eye on the Canadian dollar. He noted that in the last 4 days the U.S. dollar had the biggest rally versus the Canadian dollar that he has seen in his life.

He also wouldn't be surprised to see gold fall another $40, because the general public is too long. Gartman is looking for oil to fall $10-$15 before Thanksgiving. Gartman recommended investors watch what is going on with the carry trade and the new strength in the Japanese Yen. Gartman disclosed that he is minimally long gold and short crude oil and no longer short large American oil companies.

Where are the Shoppers?

Merrill Lynch economist David Rosenberg came out with an interesting note for clients on Monday. Rosenberg commented that the last time he's seen a drop in consumer confidence to this degree during the Holiday season; the economy was in a recession. Macke thinks the Tuesday earnings reports from

Home Depot

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and

Wal-Mart

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will be horrific. The only retailer he expects a good earnings report from is

Kohl's

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and he thinks the wild card is

Macy's

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. He would get long

Costco

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and

Target

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on deep discounts.

Finerman agrees with Macke. She disclosed she is currently long Home Depot for a longer term value play. Adami thinks a trade is setting up for

Coldwater Creek

(CWTR)

, which he mentions has a very high short interest. Adami will give viewers the trade when it's ready.

E*Trade Strategy

E*Trade

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lost 60% of its value Monday on concerns over the companies loan portfolio. In Finerman's opinion, the most clear trade is to be long

TD Ameritrade Holding

(AMTD) - Get Report

, which she accomplished on Monday. Finerman sees opportunity for TD Ameritrade to steal E*Trade clients with all the problems they're having. She also likes

Charles Schwab

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.

Najarian thinks Ken Griffith, manager of Citadel Investment Group, might be looking at E*Trade for a takeover on valuation. Finerman agrees that E*Trade could possibly be a takeover target in the next few days. However, Macke doesn't see E*Trade as a takeover target at all.

Make a Deal

Deals continue to get done on Wall Street Monday with

IBM

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buying

Cognos

( COGN) for $5 billion and

Fortune Brands

( FO) selling its wine business to

Constellation Brands

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for $885 million. Adami declares

United States Steel

(X) - Get Report

will be the next company to be taken over.

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Word on the Street

Technology stocks continued to slide Monday with leaders like

Google

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dropping 5%,

Apple

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dropping 7% and

Research In Motion

( RIMM) dropping 9%. Adami likes

Hewlett Packard

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ahead of next Monday's earnings report. Najarian noted unusual options action in technology stocks

EMC Corp

(EMC)

and

Vmware

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. He noticed that institutional players were buying December $20 calls and selling December $22.50 calls on EMC. This signals to him that EMC is going higher.

Rio Tinto

( RTP) hits a record high after

BHP Billiton

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laid out the details for its $140 billion all-share offer. Finerman thinks the deal could have some anti-trust issues, and if those issues can't be worked out the downside could be big. Najarian says the Chinese could have a problem with the combined companies controlling 77% of the world's iron ore production.

Big pharmaceutical stocks continue to outperform in a weak tape. Adami says the big pharma story is not fiction and

Merck

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is for real. He also loves defense play

Johnson & Johnson

(JNJ) - Get Report

. Macke agrees with Adami and that right now is a good time to be long Merck,

Procter & Gamble

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,

Pfizer

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and

Church & Dwight

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for a defensive portfolio. Najarian wants to keep an eye on

Eli Lilly

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Pops & Drops

Pops -

Cisco Systems

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traded up 2% on Monday as the market declined. Adami suggests buying it here, but stopping out below $29.

Mattel

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traded up 4% off a JPMorgan upgrade. Macke tells investors to move along; a recession isn't priced into this stock.

Starwood

(HOT)

traded up 2% after announcing plans to buyback $1 billion in stock and increase its dividend by 7%. Najarian sees signs that says investors might be starting to think that HOT is in play for a takeover.

Washington Mutual

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traded up 1% as the financial stocks mounted a rally on Monday. 1% for WM is a huge victory in Finerman's eyes.

American Airlines

(AMR)

,

US Airways

(LCC)

and

Delta

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all traded up more than 5% as oil prices declined. Adami would sell the airlines into the rallies.

Starbucks

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traded up 3%. Finerman believes SBUX was oversold and under owned.

Drops -

Freeport McMoRan

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fell 10% as commodity stocks were hit off the dollar rally. Adami predicts FCX has another 10% to go on the downside.

Tyson Foods

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fell 3% after cutting its 2008 forecast. Macke thinks investors can buy this stock.

Sotheby's

(BID) - Get Report

fell 2%. Finerman isn't that optimistic about BID.

Mosaic

(MOS) - Get Report

fell 14% off the dollar rally. This isn't much of a drop yet, according to Najarian

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