NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When the government shutdown first began, equity markets patiently waited for a resolution.

That resolution has yet to come and now the markets are beginning to show their displeasure as selling begins to accelerate, pushing indices lower.

TheStreet's David Peltier noted that Facebook ( FB) is down over 10% in just two days, and NPS Pharmaceuticals ( NPSP) fell from $35 to $28 in the same time period.

So now what? Peltier suggested that investors search for stocks that have identifiable positive catalysts going forward.

For instance, he found that Yamana Gold ( AUY) now has a 2.8% dividend yield after the latest pullback.

Or that ON Semiconductor ( ONNN) is trading at just nine times 2014 earnings after its latest decline. He concluded that it's important for investors to keep cash on the sidelines so they can put it work when buying opportunities present themselves.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

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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