The Dow ended the week up 2.5% raking in the best gains since April. The crew at CNBC's "Fast Money" are mixed in their expectations of the market.
Najarian positively states the global growth story is real and it's still here. Guy Adami counters that until the S&P 500 breaks above 1490 he remains bearish. Jeff Macke notes that the dollar rolled over and made everything look more expensive. Karen Finerman feels more defensive because every sector is working.
Research Call on The Brokers
( LEH) and
( BSC) traded up 10% this week ahead of earnings. Lehman will kick off the brokerage earnings next Tuesday and Macke likes the idea of taking LEH as a trade. (
Take: Helene Meisler said recently, "That doesn't mean Lehman's stock can't go down or that the company's outlook for the coming quarters won't stink up the joint." To read more on what Meisler said,
Fox-Pitt Kelton was out on Friday telling investors to buy companies hurt by the mortgage crisis. The list for buys was Lehman Brothers,
Adami would sell LEH and buy
. Goldman is his favorite name and he suggests owning it into earnings. (
Take: Steven Smith said recently, ""But Goldman probably has the least exposure of the big investment banks to the mortgage sector. To read more on what Smith said,
Macke would also go long GS with a stop at $185. Najarian points out that the options are pricing in big moves on brokers and investors can be buyers into earnings. Finerman is afraid of MBI.
Word on the Street
China remains on fire with the
trading up 6% this week. Adami reminds investors to be cautious, especially after Warren Buffet sold some of his stake in
Research In Motion
( RIMM) received two upgrades in two days. Najarian and Adami like the BlackBerry maker. (
Take: Rev Shark said recently, "We have deceptive strength this morning, with a few big-cap momentum stocks like Research In Motion" To read more on what Rev Shark said,
fell 3% after news broke that
might lose funding for the takeover. The deal will get done at lower prices according to Finerman.
The rumor mill was swirling again on Friday with acquisition speculation surrounding firms like
( DNA). How can investors capitalize?
Najarian heard that
, but he that this rumor wasn't the only thing moving YHOO up. Macke counters that if eBay wants to kill forward looking momentum then buy YHOO. (
Take: Jim Cramer said recently, "How do you play Yahoo! here? How do you play the takeover chatter and the earnings chatter -- the so-called better-than-expected coming?" To read more on what Cramer said,
Najarian also heard rumors that
will buy Genentech, but the options activity on Friday wasn't exactly supporting it. Then there were the takeover whispers about Macy's. Najarian says he saw some options buying on this rumor for Macy's.
The team reviews the ideas that didn't work out as planned.
Last week, Macke told investors to short the Dow using the
Short Dow30 ETF
. Ed from Alabama asked Macke if he still wants to be short the Dow? Macke points out that the call was for a short-term trade and he was wrong.
In May, Adami told investors to buy
( NMX), and he said it was going to get a takeover offer by Labor Day. Morgan, from Penn State, wanted to know if he still thinks it will happen? Adami says yes, and he thinks the stock will go to $162 on a takeover offer. (
Take: Steven Smith said recently, "Some individual names to watch today include some the publicly traded exchanges such as the New York Mercantile, which is back under heavy takeover speculation but is still trading well below the $150 price being bandied about" To read more on what Smith said,
Mike wrote in via e-mail, and asked the crew why they continue to be bullish on
when the stock has done nothing of late? Najarian thinks UA is going to become the next
Take: Jim Cramer said recently, "With high-growth stocks, you often get a rest and then a spurt. I wonder if that's what's happening right now with Under Armour" To read more on what Cramer said,
Finerman recently recommended
, but the stock has fallen 7% since her call. She will not give up on this name and she maintains it's a long-term investment.
Quicker Then the Ticker
But some ideas did work well for the team.
On August 16th Adami was bullish on
. The stock is up 7% since his call.
On September 6th Najarian said buy
. He was right and the stock is up 5% since his call.
On August 3rd Finerman recommended
. She nailed this call and the stock is up 10% from where she liked it.
As recently as Monday, Macke was bullish on
. He was right and the stock is up 6% since his call.
Pops & Drops
( CFC) traded up 7% this week after receiving another billion dollar cash infusion. Finerman notes Countrywide really needed that liquidity.
traded up 4% after bullish comments from a Sanford Bernstein analyst. Macke says, "Yahoo is dead to me."
popped 5% this week after wheat prices hit a record. Adami declares this stock is still cheap.
exploded up 16% this week on takeover speculation. Najarian likes the action in the options and thinks it's a good speculative play for a takeover.
Dick's Sporting Goods
popped 5% this week after the company announced a 2-for-1 split. Macke says this is an incredible long term story.
popped 6% this week. Macke is long this stock for an investment.
fell 5% this week. Adami maintains $34 is the bottom.
fell 9% this week. Finerman wants to buy this stock, but with the rail play trending down she is apprehensive.
( DTC) dropped 5% this week. Macke thinks the gap between cable and satellite companies is closing fast.
fell 9% this week after key employees left the firm. Finerman feels that something is bad at this company.
The crew threw out their final ideas before signing off for the weekend.
- Macke likes the price action on eBay (EBAY) - Get eBay Inc. Report.
- Adami remains bearish on the markets and he likes Short Dow30 ETF (DOG) - Get ProShares Short Dow30 Report.
- Finerman continues to recommend American Standard( ASD).
- Najarian says that options activity and the price action in Rambus (RMBS) - Get Rambus Inc. Report could mean a takeover is looming.
Stockpickr is a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com.