After the Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report-Yahoo! (YHOO) merger appeared to fall apart, U.S. stocks lost their mojo, closing to the downside Monday. The Dow dipped 0.7%, the S&P 500 stumbled 0.5 and the Nasdaq was also down 0.5%.
"Fast Money" TV show, Pete Najarian said that copper, gold and steel all came back while financial stocks took it "a bit on the chin." He said that
Bank of America
were the financial stocks to get hit. He said
and other tech stocks were making a comeback.
On the Yahoo!-Microsoft news, Jeff Macke urged viewers to get out of Yahoo!. He said Microsoft is the better stock. He cautioned however that Microsoft will take time to rebuild confidence, because the company shouldn't have gotten involved with Yahoo! in the first place.
Finerman said she sold some Yahoo! stock on its surprising strength today.
Najarian said that the failure of Microsoft shares to spike on the news may indicate that someone thinks the Yahoo! deal may still happen. Guy Adami said the company can rebuild confidence by announcing a stock buyback.
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Finerman noted skepticism on the Street about Bank of America's offer to buy
( CFC). She said Countrywide may be different when it's presented to BofA for acquisition. Adami said he believes there's downside in Countrywide shares.
On news that
may spin off a segment of its company, Macke instructed viewers to walk away. He said that, like a
( MOT) breakup, the idea will accomplish very little. He recommended buying
instead. Najarian pointed out that
( DT) would be the No. 1 telecom if it bought Sprint or Sprint Nextel.
In the airlines, Najarian noted that the railroads, which are currently performing very well, didn't achieve that success overnight. He said the airlines will take time to begin working. He said the sector has an opportunity to perform better if competition eases. He said he's not going near the airlines yet.
Oil reached $119.97 a barrel today on news of militant activity in Nigeria. The traders talked to
contributor Addison Armstrong about commodities. He said the rise of oil looks strong, but he urged viewers to be cautious. He said that today's rally wasn't very convincing because volume was low. Najarian said that investors who believe in oil's continued rise can short the airlines. Macke recommended buying the
U.S. Oil Fund
. Armstrong recommended shorting the oil refiners, because higher input costs will cut into margins.
Najarian noted that
Alpha Natural Resources
has tripled profits. He also said
has had a good run in the metallurgic coal business. He said he took all his positions off because it's smart to take profits after a good run. Wait for pullbacks, he urged viewers.
Adami pointed to
( JOYG) and
( BUCY). These stocks will continue to go higher, he said.
Najarian said to keep an eye on
On an upcoming earnings report from
, Najarian said he doesn't know how the company can fail to produce good news. He said that good news in the wireless world puts Cisco in the sweet spot.
Macke recommended selling the stock, pointing out that it has risen 8% in the last month. He recommended buying on a dip. Adami said he believes the quarter will be fine, but anything pessimistic will spur a selloff.
brought in $100 million a the box office this past weekend. Shares of
( MVL) were up 9%.
Macke said that toy stores appear to be out of
Iron Man toys. He said Hasbro is the winner on this news, and shares haven't responded.
The traders contemplated the fate of Yahoo! now that Microsoft has withdrawn its bid for the company. Finerman predicted that shareholders would go hostile. She pointed to a part of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's letter to shareholders that said Yahoo! doesn't care about its investors. She said Yahoo! shareholders can nominate a new board to try to agitate for change. Macke said the Yahoo! board is in trouble. Najarian said that Microsoft may come back into the picture later on.
report earnings this week.
Macke said he's long Disney and likes the company's diversified revenue streams. He said the stock is more of a long-term investment. Najarian said he doesn't like News Corp., but he likes Disney because of ESPN and this summer's movie lineup. He said Disney's price-to-earnings ratio of 16 is good. Adami said Disney's valuation is compelling and its operating revenue is fantastic.
The traders then welcomed Steven Cortes, head of Veracruz Research, to talk about the idea of buying stocks that benefit from a resurgence in the American market. Cortes said that after underperforming for five years, the U.S. market has become a value asset. He said that now that war spending is plateauing and the Fed is nearly done cutting interest rates, the dollar is trading very well. He said he'd deploy this trade by going with companies with a lot of domestic exposure, such as
Adami said he believes the dollar should do well in the second half of the year. Najarian said that it's too early for him to get interested in this trade. Macke said that if Cortes' thesis is right, it could spell pain for
traded on unusual volume today.
Adami looked at
Church & Dwight
, a consumer products colossus that makes such "gross out" goods as Trojan condoms. He said the stock has caught up to
Procter & Gamble
in terms of valuation but the company does everything right when it reports earnings. Najarian said he likes
Johnson & Johnson
as another play in the space.
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Tim Seymour joined the show to talk about some potential Mexico stocks. He said that a housing buildout and energy reform could be changing the Mexico market. He said that
, a cement company, is a buy. He said he believes the infrastructure play in Mexico is more interesting than textiles or consumer stories. He said he also likes
because it is a bellwether of the emerging-market cellular plays. Najarian, Adami and Finerman agreed on Cemex. Macke said he prefers Wal-Mart.
Macke selected Hasbro. Adami picked
. Finerman chose
. Najarian went with AT&T.