'Fast Money' Recap: Burger King Beefs Up

The crew sees good things brewin' at the fast-food chain.
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Weak and revised GDP data for the fourth quarter and pessimistic commentary from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent stocks lower Thursday. The Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq each fell about 0.9%.

On

CNBC's

"Fast Money" TV show, the traders discussed today's earnings statement from

Dell

(DELL) - Get Report

. The company posted a revenue miss and included many one-time charges on the report.

Guy Adami called the news mixed, noting that Dell's margins were better than expected. He suggested

Hewlett-Packard

(HPQ) - Get Report

for investors who've been thinking about Dell.

The financials were hurt today by a Bernstein analyst downgrade, said Pete Najarian. He observed that

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Report

gave back a lot of the previous day's gains. He likes the pullback as a buying opportunity but is going to wait for Goldman to come back a little more.

On the continued commodities boom, Tim Seymour said getting long oil was a good trade. He argued that oil prices were all about the dollar's weakness, and pointed out that the Fed essentially has said it won't control inflation.

Najarian extolled the virtues of natural gas. He claimed that oil stocks have run, but as

ConocoPhillips

(COP) - Get Report

has integrated its Burlington Resources acquisition, it is too cheap at seven times earnings.

Adami continued to advocate for

Apache

(APA) - Get Report

and

XTO Energy

(XTO)

, emphasizing that they're not expensive. He recommended waiting for a pullback in the sector to get long. These stocks are not expensive.

Macke stuck with his trade on the

streetTracks Gold

(GLD) - Get Report

ETF. He said not to overthink the gold trade or the

U.S. Oil Fund

(USO) - Get Report

ETF.

Adami said

Freeport McMoRan

(FCX) - Get Report

on a breakout in copper was a great trade.

Najarian reminded viewers of coal. He told viewers to look at

Arch Coal

(ACI)

and

Alpha Natural Resources

(ANR)

. He claimed the stocks were on fire because China needs steel. He also lauded

Ivanhoe

(IVN)

for its gold, copper and coal exposure.

In retail, Macke said the combined success of a new CEO and low expectations led to an after-hours jump from

Gap

(GPS) - Get Report

. He added that the company has "tons of ways to win," and he is a buyer of the stock.

Kohl's

(KSS) - Get Report

, on the other hand, guided down and is inconsistent operationally, he said.

Sprint

(S) - Get Report

wrote down nearly its entire Nextel purchase, taking a hit of $29.5 billion. Macke called Sprint "crazy," in part because it's offering unlimited voice and data for $99 to compete with

AT&T

(T) - Get Report

and

Verizon

(VZ) - Get Report

, which offer unlimited voice for $99. I wouldn't touch Sprint with a ten-foot pole, he concluded.

Najarian chimed in that he likes AT&T and Verizon and has hated Sprint forever. He compared the company's Nextel acquisition to the ill-fated merger between AOL and

Time Warner

(TWX)

.

With

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

shares up $7 on the day, Najarian said people are jumping on a bandwagon out of fear that they missed their entry point.

Adami praised UBS and Citi for downgrading

Western Digital

(WDC) - Get Report

after a very strong increase in share price.

Biotech company

Novartis

(NVS) - Get Report

ended a study on a very aggressive cancer drug because the data was very encouraging. Najarian predicted that the drug could be worth $500 million.

Adami added that Novartis is cheap for its sector and is coming off a "slew" of FDA approvals. Najarian also praised

Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

for going to Japan to buy new drugs, which it can't find in the U.S.

A Flip From Financials

The crew welcomed John Najarian from Option Monster to talk about a turn in financials. He said the shorts were beginning to get out of the way in names like

Ambac

(ABK)

Fannie Mae

(FNM)

and

Freddie Mac

(FRE)

.

People are liquidating short positions and even buying back this stock, he said. He added that the same thing was happening with Goldman Sachs,

UBS

(UBS) - Get Report

,

Credit Suisse

(CS) - Get Report

and

Lehman Brothers

(LEH)

. He predicted bullish action from Goldman on upcoming earnings.

Adami praised Goldman for its transparency. Najarian said he would get long Goldman at $160.

Burger King Begins Brewing

On weakness from

Starbucks

(SBUX) - Get Report

,

Burger King

(BKC)

is stepping up its coffee game. Macke called Burger King "good operators" who have "proven themselves." He explained that best-of-breed fast food companies are doing well as pinched consumers move away from casual dining.

Najarian said he likes Burger King's room for growth. The company only has one-fourth the number of stores that

McDonald's

(MCD) - Get Report

operates. Adami gave McDonald's props for "kicking it internationally."

Macke argued that it's harder to do good coffee than people think. He endorsed Starbucks on a coffee trade.

Brazilian Market Waxes

Brazil has reached a new high, beating Beijing to offer the largest free float of any emerging market. Seymour said that even though Brazil and Argentina sport expensive currencies, but they're exporting commodities that are needed by the rest of the world. He recommended playing the homebuilders and cellular companies in that market.

Najarian would rather stay in the U.S. markets and buy

Cisco

(CSCO) - Get Report

to play the countries' infrastructure buildout. Adami suggested

PepsiCo

(PEP) - Get Report

for its excellent work in international markets. He also counseled investors to look at

Potash

(POT)

as a global play. Macke stuck with streetTracks Gold and U.S. Oil ETFs.

Trader Radar

Netflix

(NFLX) - Get Report

traded at stupendous volume today.

Inside the Consumer Mind

Tough times means careful consumer trades, Macke said. He told of consumers saving money by avoiding restaurants ranging from Red Lobster -- run by

Darden Restaurants

(DRI) - Get Report

-- to

Morton's

(MRT)

.

Food that can be bought at the supermarket is in, giving

Hormel

(HRL) - Get Report

and

Heinz

(HNZ)

. He also said to watch

Del Monte

(FDP) - Get Report

,

Campbell

(CPB) - Get Report

and

Molson Coors

(TAP) - Get Report

.

Seymour expressed skepticism from a commodity prices perspective. He worried about the companies' ability to pass on costs to consumers.

Take-Two's Double-Take

Take-Two

(TTWO) - Get Report

said in an

SEC>

filing that it had received interest from other companies besides

Electronic Arts

(ERTS)

, which made a $2 billion offer to buy Take-Two. Macke said Take-Two was bluffing, and Najarian added that he could hardly believe the $2 billion bid in the first place.

Fast Messages

A viewer wrote in to ask about

Berkshire Hathaway's

(BRKA)

earnings statement coming up tomorrow. Macke said CEO Warren Buffett's letter to shareholders is a must-read. He noted that Buffett is the only super investor who has not gotten long

Kraft

(KFT)

.

Another viewer asked whether Najarian's positions in McDonald's and Burger King were long-term trades. Najarian replied that he likes the names for the long haul.

A third "Fast Money" fan asked Adami which regional banks to avoid after Ben Bernanke said bank defaults were possible in his testimony to Congress today. Adami said it's wise to avoid the space but

U.S. Bancorp

(USB) - Get Report

was probably the best bet.

A final inquirer asked about

Valero Energy

(VLO) - Get Report

. Tim Seymour cited a big buyback and recommended owning the stock.

Final Trade

Macke went with the

Short Dow30 ProShares

(DOG) - Get Report

ETF. Adami chose the same thing. Seymour went short

Petrobras

(PBR) - Get Report

. Najarian chose

Applied Materials

(AMAT) - Get Report

.

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