'Fast Money' Recap: S&P Down, Tesla in the Hot Seat

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 closed in negative territory for the second day in a row. 

Tesla Motors  (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk said the company would cover fire damage on any of its vehicles but that it's unlikely there will be a recall. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration also announced it would investigate the Model S vehicle to determine if it has an increased risk of catching fire. 

TheStreet's Herb Greenberg was a guest on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show and questioned the company's ability to cover warranties should there be a recall due to its low cash reserves. 

Craig Irwin, senior vice president of Wedbush Securities, said the investigation should ultimately be a good thing and that it would be extremely unlikely for a recall to occur. Irwin has a $205 price target on the stock and said Tesla's drivetrain costs will be halved by 2017. Investors should keep in mind that Tesla is a tech stock, not an automotive stock. 

Tim Seymour, managing partner at Triogem Asset Management, said the valuation is not supportive of the price and institutions do not seem to buying. He also added that Irwin upgraded the stock near its all-time highs. 

Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, admitted it would be hard to step in as a buyer at this point. 

Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital, said the stock's bounce off $120 was impressive and he would be a buyer with a stop-loss at $119. 

Dan Nathan, co-founder and editor of riskreversal.com, suggested that although the investigation could be a good thing, the technical damage to the stock is too bad and it seems likely to head lower. 

Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, was a guest on the show. He likes European companies that do roughly half their business in Europe and the other half worldwide. Specifically, he said he likes telecom stocks and utilities as well as Swiss blue-chip stocks. He concluded that the Federal Reserve may increase quantitative easing, not decrease it.

Yahoo! (YHOO) announced it will add $5 billion to its stock buyback program and Adami said the stock could get to $40. 

Seymour was also bullish, saying the Alibaba valuation could push YHOO's share price to $42. 

Rick Sherlund, managing director at Nomura Securities, was a guest on the show. He said Microsoft (MSFT) has 10% more upside if Ford's (F) current CEO Alan Mulally becomes the next CEO. He also said investors don't seem to want a current Microsoft employee to be the next CEO. He added that cost-cutting and spinoffs could nearly double its earnings per share. 

Although Mulally has not said he will not take the job, Adami said it wouldn't make sense for him to do so. He added that buying MSFT near these levels is  risky. 

Michael Burns, vice chairman of Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), said Hunger Games: Catching Fire should do well, and already has in some markets. He added that the movie has great merchandising opportunities. He stressed that LGF has more than just the Hunger Games trilogy, noting the company's focus on both television and movie franchises. 

Even though the stock has pulled back a bit, Adami said he would avoid it for now and suggested that it could go to $30. 

Best Buy (BBY) had its worst day of 2013, falling 11%. Nathan said he didn't want to own the stock when it reports fourth-quarter earnings due to its heavy promotions through the holiday season. 

Kelly said he would rather own Wal-Mart (WMT) and doesn't see BBY doing well. 

Seymour said he would rather buy Target (TGT) instead of WMT or BBY. 

Nathan pointed out two big trades in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX.X): The February 20/28 call spread traded 100,000 times and the March 23 calls also traded 100,000 times. The trades indicate a large spike in volatility is expected, which generally coincides with a downturn in equity markets. 

For their final trades, Mike Khouw, managing director and primary strategist at DASH Financial, is a seller of the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), Adami is buying Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) and Kelly said to buy Golar LNG Limited (GLNG). Seymour suggested selling the iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF (EEM) and buying near $41, while Nathan is selling Yelp (YELP). 

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

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