The stock market was hit with another devastating blow on Monday after New York Senator Chuck Schumer asked regulators to take a closer look at Countrywide Financial (CFC) . The Dow closed down 237 points and the Nasdaq finished down 55 points. The team at CNBC's "Fast Money" reviewed the bearish events and how housing concerns continue to push the market down.
In Karen Finerman's opinion, Chuck Schumer was being politically opportunistic. Jeff Macke remarks that this market continues to look for reasons to sell off. For Pete Najarian, the story of the day was the financials, which were terrible. Najarian continues to hold his put options positions on the financial names. Guy Adami recommends watching the 1400 level on the S&P 500. He predicts that a close below that level will take the Dow to 12,000.
Dennis Gartman Speaks
Dennis Gartman, author of "The Gartman Letter" joined the "Fast Money" crew to discuss his take on the markets. Gartman thinks the market looks very weak with stocks opening higher but then closing on the lows. He is worried that the public investor hasn't even begun to sell yet and the psychology of the consumer is changing. He recommended watching the Investors Business Daily chart of mutual fund holdings, which is now down on the year.
Gartman disclosed that he is long
. He is short
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Housing Data Trade
Finerman thinks the homebuilders are in serious trouble and she predicted that some will go bankrupt. Both new home sales and existing home sales figures will be released Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Adami suggests looking at
, a home furnishing company which is down 45% from its 52-week high and has a 12% short interest. Another name is a diversified electronics company named
Thomas and Betts
that provide heating and ventilation products.
ShopperTrak reported that Friday and Saturday sales totaled $16.4 billion, a 7% increase over last year. Adami mentioned that Morgan Stanley raised its price target on
to $215. He feels that the story for MA is still in tact as a transaction trade.
Wall Street Whale Bill Ackman raised his stake in
from 11% to 17.1%. Finerman thinks it's interesting that the CEO of Borders is also buying stock. Adami mentioned that 19% of the float is short and it could be worth a trade for a short squeeze. However, Macke isn't excited about this company or stock.
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Credit Suisse will be holding a major technology conference that starts on Tuesday. Najarian recommends that investors watch
. Anything positive out of eBay could move the stock higher. Adami prefers
and expects that it will trade to $55.
Finerman still likes
and she is intrigued by the idea of being long
. She thinks that the long EMC/Short VMW trade has really collapsed. Adami argues VMW should be in the $90s and EMC should be at $20.
Najarian noted unusual options activity in airlines like
. He mentioned that options players were rolling out of December $15 calls and into March $17.50 calls on Delta, and rolling out of December $15 and $20 calls and into March $17.50 calls on Northwest. Najarian remarked that volume on these trades were heavy.
Pops & Drops
traded up 5% as investors try to get ahead of a hot gadget trend for Christmas. However, Finerman doesn't think that GRMN is a "must own" stock.
traded up 1% and 2% ahead of Christmas. Macke thinks HAS is the cream of the crop and he is long the stock.
traded up 1% after Bank of America upgraded the stock. Adami continues to like DE.
traded up 3%. Najarian admired the nice pop.
fell 4% after servers went down at the company. Adami isn't a fan of this stock.
fell 3%. Najarian thinks this stock will continue to fall, until the company does a takeover to bring growth back.
fell 8%. Macke says nothing goes to zero in a straight line, except Circuit City. Investors are better off sticking with
fell 8% after Kirk Kerkorian commented that the company had become less valuable after adopting a poison pill. Finerman wasn't happy about the comment.
The team finishes another down day with trade ideas for viewers.
- Macke tells investors to buy the S&P 500 Index (SPY) - Get Report with a stop at 1395.
- Adami recommends JetBlue (JBLU) - Get Report.
- Finerman suggests shorting Big Lots (BIG) - Get Report.
- Najarian likes Arch Coal (ACI) - Get Report for a play on global growth.
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