'Fast Money' Recap: A September to Forget?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tuesday was the first day of trading for the holiday-shortened week, where markets coughed up healthy gains but still managed to close marginally higher.

September is historically the worst month for equities and this year there are quite a few events that could rattle the markets: Congress will vote on whether or not the U.S. military should intervene in Syria, the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting takes place Sept. 17-18 and Congress must act on the debt and whether to raise the ceiling before the next fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Of all these, Brian Kelly said Syria should be the focus because the debt ceiling and potential tapering are known events. He is long oil, since the oil market has shown that a U.S. attack won't end the threat to a potential supply disruption.

Guy Adami said the Fed will not likely taper its bond purchases in September but he expects an update on what the Fed will do from its meeting. He added the S&P 500 has held up well from its support around 1,625.

Karen Finerman said she would be a buyer of retail stocks if oil went higher, since the retail sector will likely be selling off. She added that a spike in oil prices will probably be short-lived.

To play a rise in oil prices, Grasso said traders can't just buy the entire energy sector. He suggested they avoid the refiners. He added that Halliburton ( HAL) looks the best.

Nick Colas, managing director and chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, a guest on the show, remains bearish on the overall market. He cited outflows of exchange-traded funds, lower earnings estimates and interest rate volatility as his reasons for why the market will head lower. He added that he's looking for an 8% to 10% grind lower and would avoid consumer stocks.

BlackBerry ( BBRY) was the featured company on the show's "Street Fight" segment. Grasso defended the stock, saying it still has an edge with its software and services division. He added that the company has plenty of cash and no debt.

Finerman said the fact the company is for sale is not a bullish sign, considering it's been for sale for quite some time. She added that key customers and employees have been leaving and revenues have been plunging.

Mike Khouw added that the longer-term options bets have pointed to the bearish side, citing that 60% of the company's revenue come from mobile devices, which have been declining rapidly.

Verizon ( VZ) was the first stock on the show's "Trending Trades" segment after the company's announced deal with Vodafone ( VOD). Kelly said he would rather buy the latter, which is the real winner in the deal.

Aeropostale ( ARO) continues to go lower following its disappointing earnings report. Adami said it feels like the stock could head lower, possibly to the $6 range.

William Stiritz, a private equity investor, announced a 5% stake in Herbalife ( HLF). Finerman said she wouldn't want to be short against multiple big-name investors because of the short-squeeze risk.

Deckers Outdoor ( DECK) was the first stock on the show's "Pops & Drops" segment and Grasso said the stock could go to $75 if it can hold the $60 level.

CBS ( CBS) popped 5%. Adami said the stock will likely pullback to the $48.50 to $49 level.

Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) dropped 1%. Finerman said she doesn't believe the housing story has ended and she likes the stock.

Coca-Cola ( KO) fell 1% and Kelly said he wants to see the stock's price action at $37.80 before deciding how to play it.

Humana ( HUM) popped 2% and Khouw said traders could likely find a better entry down the road.

Finerman said she's optimistic on auto sales for the month of August and added that she's long General Motors ( GM).

Adami said that Zillow ( Z) has been a monster and the rising short interest makes him think the stock will go higher.

Finerman said she is still short Caterpillar ( CAT) and is looking for sub-$80 levels.

Kelly said investors could look to buy Pfizer ( PFE) for its dividend, but added that he would rather be in the biotech space as opposed to the pharmaceutical space.

Grasso said he doesn't like the chart for Seagate Technology ( STX), but those looking to play on the long side could use the $37 to $37.20 level as a stop-loss target.

Khouw said investors could actually follow hedge fund manager Carl Icahn into Nuance Communications ( NUAN) because of his strong performance and the stock's limited downside.

For their final trades, Adami said to buy Eastman Chemical ( EMN), Finerman was a buyer of Realogy Holdings and Khouw was a buyer of Apple ( AAPL) calendar spreads. Grasso was a buyer of Deckers Outdoor and Kelly was going long bonds via the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF ( TLT).

-- 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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