'Fast Money' Recap: Apple Dividend Coming?

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The markets rebounded Wednesday despite lingering uncertainties in the eurozone debt crisis.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 178.08, or 1.53%, to 11,836.04. The S&P 500 added 19.59, or 1.61%, to 1237.87. The Nasdaq rose 33.02, or 1.27%, to 2639.98

Joe Terranova said on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show that it may take some time for clients to get their money from MF Global ( MF). He mentioned traders he knew who still haven't been able to get their money out and don't know when they will get it.

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Karen Finerman found that situation incredulous. She said the lessons of Lehman should have been heeded by any fiduciary or CFO to get their money out as quickly as possible after MF Global posted its largest ever quarterly loss more than a week ago. "You don't want to get your money tied up."

Guy Adami said the scandal is a blow to investor confidence in the system.

Will Apple ( AAPL) finally relent and share its huge cash reserves with its shareholders?

Finerman, who's been on a crusade to get Apple to return some of the $80 billion to shareholders in the form of a dividend or buyback, suggested giving way even $20 billion would not tie Apple's hands.

Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co., said he expects Apple to announce a dividend or buyback by the end of next year. He said Apple's cash reserves would have grown by then to $120 billion. "It's so big they can't spend it fast enough."

Melissa Lee, the moderator of the show, noted that Qualcomm ( QCOM) was up 13% on a good earnings report. Adami said the margins were good, adding the stock could push through $60 next week on a beneficial tape. Brian Stutland noted a short squeeze on the stock could send the stock higher on Thursday.

With Groupon's IPO coming up, Anthony Catanach, an associate professor of the Villanova School of Business, said it was a shame that the company wasn't more transparent about its accounting practices.

He mentioned three problems: its internal controls over financial reporting, more information on how it reports its cash and where it comes from and the value that resides in its intangible assets.

He said none of the issues are improper, but he said these issues need to be addressed going forward.

Lee turned to Whole Foods ( WFM), which was down in after-hours trading after its same-store sales came up short.

Karen Short, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets, said Whole Foods was a victim of rising expectations. She said the grocery chain otherwise posted solid numbers and was the clear leader in its space. She said the company has done a good job in providing customers with healthy, value-oriented food.

Lee brought in Irwin Simon, CEO of Hain Celestial ( HAIN), whose stock up was 8.4% today. He said the company is enjoying strong organic sales growth. He said his company is doing well because customers are willing to pay a premium for healthy food.

He said the recent acquisition of Daniels Group, a chilled foods maker in the U.K., will make it a major player in that country.

Lee noted Research In Motion ( RIMM) shares fell below book value today. Adami said it might be worth a look. Terranova said he was waiting for a management change and wondered how long Jaguar Financial, a major stakeholder, could hang on. Finerman said RIM's patents are valuable, adding she was starting to get interested in the stock on the buy side.

Lee shifted to the Fed's comments today in which it found some evidence of economic strength in the third quarter while it cut its growth forecast for 2012.

George Goncalves, of Nomura Securities International, took those remarks to be favorable, saying growth expectations were still positive. He said the yield on the 10-year Treasury note should rise to between 2.5% and 2.75%.

With the price of crude rising today above $92, Terranova said it was OK to own names like Anadarko ( APC), Occidental Petroleum ( OXY) and Suncorp. Brian Kelly added his favorite, Tesoro ( TSO), and Adami favored Transocean ( RIG).

Lee said Avon Products ( AVP) has come under fire as regulators are investigating whether it broke bribery laws. Bill Schmitz, managing director for Deutsche Bank Securities, said he still considers it for a long-term investment, although he wouldn't buy it on Thursday. He said the company's U.S. business is broken and its execution has been mixed.

Lee noted that Bill Ackman's flagship fund was up 14%, in October and its international fund was up 13.5%. Both funds are still red year to date.

In the final moves, Kelly liked SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD). Stutland liked BP ( BP). Adami liked Yamana Gold ( AUY). Seymour said to play long iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ( EEM) against the SPDR S&P 500 ETF ( SPY). Finerman liked Carefusion ( CF), and Terranova was bullish on CF Industries ( CF).

-- Written by David Tong in San Francisco.

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