NEW YORK (
) -- The markets were flat Wednesday as the events in Cairo took a bloody turn.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
rose 1.81, or 0.02%, to 12,040.16. The
fell 3.56, or 0.27%, to 1,304.03. The
dropped 1.03, or 0.04%, to 2,750.16.
Brian Kelly said on
's "Fast Money" TV show said sugar and grains were on fire, fueled by the inflation trade and a large cyclone in Australia that affected the sugar crop.
He recommended two ETFs --
PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund
iPath DJ-AIG Grains Fund
-- and a play on
on the supply side.
For a breakout of some stocks from a recent "Fast Money" TV show, check out Dan Fitzpatrick's "3 Stocks I Saw on TV."
3 Stocks I Saw on TV
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Steve Cortes, taking the contrarian view, said the action in gold and crude indicated there wasn't a broad-based inflationary scare as the high price of soft commodities would suggest.
Karen Finerman expressed concerns about high commodity costs on companies like
Joe Terranova said he would get exposure in this area with stocks like
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Crude took a breather today, but Terranova said he would stay in the oil service, refining and integrated names. Finerman said she especially liked
Canadian Oil Sands
for its turbocharged earnings and lower geopolitical risk.
Cortes said it's bad news for crude when auto stocks like
are trading lower.
As a derivative trade, Kelly said he would look at the solar names such as
Yingli Green Energy Holding
, which he is long.
Shifting to copper, which cooled off a little today, Kelly discussed getting into aluminum as a replacement for copper. He said that will happen when the price of copper is three times that of aluminum. One way to play aluminum is with
, he said.
Melissa Lee, the moderator of the show, asked the panel to comment on
launch of its iPhone on Feb. 10. Finerman said she was still sticking with
, while Kelly thought the better play was
Are the markets heading for a correction? Mary Ann Bartels, head of U.S. technical analysts for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, thinks so. She pointed out the negative divergence between the Dow and S&P against the Dow Transports. She predicted a pullback of 4 percent to 10 percent in February, calling it a "pause that refreshes" in a secular bull market.
She said that bull market is evident in the commodities, especially copper. She sees the S&P heading to 1,400 and oil rising to $100 to $120 a barrel.
With the increase volume in trades from the unrest in Egypt, exchange stocks have been rising. Kelly said he bought shares of
, which recently reported good revenue growth and is involved in commodity trades. He also liked
on a pullback.
Lee said retail stocks were hard hit because of the snow storms, high gas prices and fall in foot traffic. Deborah Weinswig, a Citigroup analyst, said retailers like
were wrestling with sluggish sales.
However, she said there were bright spots, including
, which benefitted from the strong margins from the sale of cold weather merchandise and
, which benefited from an outstanding flu-shot season.
Finerman saw opportunities in the retail space in stocks such as
Weiss went to the charts to show how small-cap stocks have historically outperformed large-caps. His small-cap favorites include
Pzena Investment Management
Super Micro Computer
In the Tweet the Street segment, Finerman said she was glad she stuck with
, which, she said, benefitted from the unrest in Egypt and some "good events specific to the company."
Lee brought in Simon Baker, CEO of Baker Avenue Asset Management, to talks about derivative plays in social media sites. He said he liked
, which has Welbo, a microblogging site with 50 million registered users as of last October. He also liked
, which has a social business product, and
, which has a proprietary social business product called "Chatter." He also liked
for its investments in emerging tedchnologies.
Lee brought in Don Dubar, CEO of
Avalon Rare Metals
to talk about the run in rare earth metals. Bubar said he wasn't worried about competition from substitutes because there will always be new technologies requiring rare earth metals. He agreed with the panel on the need for the U.S. to set up a strategic reserve for such metals.
In the final trades, Kelly favored
. Cortes liked
, while Finerman liked
Hain Celestial Group
. Terranova liked
--Written by David Tong in San Francisco.
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