'Fast Money' Recap: Low Volume, Down Market

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The markets slipped lower during another low-volume trading day, with the S&P 500 closing below 1,700.

On this episode of CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, the bearish theme was in the limelight, especially after a pessimistic note from Goldman Sachs ( GS) citing a list of stocks it believes are overvalued.

Guy Adami said that he agreed with the short Coach ( COH) call. He cited poor comps, weak North American sales and margin compression as reasons to be bearish.

Stephanie Link said Kroger ( KR) was up 70% over the last 12 months and the company would need to show excellent comps just to keep the stock price where it is. She added that its trading above its 5- and 10-year historic valuation levels.

Link disagreed with the short Comerica ( CMA) call, however, saying that a steepening yield curve will be good for the firm.

Tim Seymour said Staples ( SPLS) was trading like an online retailer when it really isn't. He added that it is trading at 21 times future earnings and historically only trades at 13 to 14 times future earnings.

On Tuesday, Disney ( DIS) reported earnings and traded slightly lower. Link said she likes the company and its assets, but would rather wait to buy on a bigger pullback.

Seymour added that Disney's disappointments in the quarter were not trends, but rather one time events. However, he did point out that at 19 times earnings, the stock was a little pricey.

J.C. Penney ( JCP) slid another 3.5% on Tuesday and Karen Finerman said she would not go long because the company is still overvalued, and it is too late to initiate a short position. Instead, she said to look at Macy's ( M).

First Solar ( FSLR) reported earnings and missed on top- and bottom-line estimates. As a result, the stock was sold off. Adami said that while the quarter was lousy, traders could look to get in near $41.50.

On the show's "Street Fight" segment, Adami argued that Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ( GMCR) still had upside. Although the company has lost its patents, the stock has done well. He added that at 22 times earnings the stock is not ridiculously expensive and a 37% short interest could drive the stock higher on an earnings beat.

Seymour said the short interest has come down a bit, but at 25 times next year's earnings, it seems expensive. He also added Green Mountain is up almost 100% since January and expectations seem too high.

On the show's "Today's Top Trades" segment, retailers were in focus after American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO) cut its profit outlook by nearly half for the second quarter.

Finerman said that it seems like a bit of an overreaction ahead of the back-to-school season. She said she added to Foot Locker ( FL) and wants to buy more Macy's.

International Business Machine ( IBM) was downgraded by Credit Suisse ( CS) and Link said the stock would be more attractive on a pullback to the $180 to $185 range.

Molson Coors Brewing Company ( TAP) beat on both the top- and bottom-lines and had strong international margins. Seymour likes the stock but said the bar was low for the quarter and that it may start hitting resistance at $53.

Link said that although some of the staple stocks are extended, she still likes ConAgra Foods ( CAG), citing strong earnings growth, its recent acquisition and reasonable valuation.

Guest David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff and Associates, hashed out some remaining bearish points of interest: The markets have priced in a lot of good news, continual talks of tapering and single digit earnings and revenue growth.

While the nonfarm payrolls data for July was far from stellar, he did say that manufacturing data has been good. He also said that he doesn't expect the markets to fall into a bear market, but that a pullback seems reasonable.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

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Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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