NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks dipped lower into Wednesday's close as the S&P 500 finished 0.11% below Tuesday's closing price.
On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, the trading panel took a closer look at Apple's (AAPL) now official acquisition of Beats Electronics for $3 billion.
Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, said Apple made the acquisition for Beats' "cool factor," not it's technology. He added the stock appears likely to rally into the 7:1 stock split, which will take effect on June 9.
Karen Finerman, president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, agreed Apple made the purchase of Beats for the latter's consumer products. She added that the $3 billion price tag is too small to really matter for Apple.
Dan Nathan, co-founder and editor of riskreversal.com, also called the acquisition price a "drop in the bucket." He said investors and analysts seem overzealous right now and he questioned Apple's innovation going forward.
Steve Grasso, director of institutional sales at Stuart Frankel, said the stock split may mark a "near-term top" in the stock price.
Brian Blair, managing director and senior research analyst at Rosenblatt Securities, said he's "very puzzled" by Apple's deal for Beats Electronics. He called Beats a non-premium brand and suggested Apple's move is "too little, too late." However, he thought Apple's large user base, coupled with Beats' streaming music service, could allow for rapid adoption among users.
Nathan said he is long September bull call spread options in Twitter (TWTR), which found support near $30 and jumped roughly 10% on Wednesday. Grasso added that perhaps investors feel as though they have the "all clear," now that analysts are starting to warm up to the stock again.
Adami said LinkedIn (LNKD) appears to be an attractive long candidate "technically speaking" by the setup on the price chart. However, he admitted the stock's valuation is still a bit "stretched."
Rick Sherlund, a tech analyst at Nomura Securities, was a guest on the show. Regarding Microsoft's (MSFT) future success, he said it's all about doing well in mobile and strengthening its enterprise business because the consumer segment remains weak for the company. Investors will not have "immediate gratification" as it would from financial engineering, because CEO Satya Nadella has opted not to spin off Bing or Xbox and is choosing to organically grow the company.
Grasso said he would wait to see if Microsoft can find support from the 50-day moving average near $40 before getting long the stock.
DSW Inc. (DSW) fell 27% on Wednesday after missing on revenue and earnings miss. Finerman said the quarter was really bad but insisted that it's still a "great company." She took a small long position.
Michael Kors (KORS) finished slightly higher after a volatile trading session following its fourth-quarter top- and bottom-line beat. Adami said there are concerns over inventory builds and margins but reasoned that the stock seems likely to move higher.
Nathan said Costco Wholesale (COST) is somewhat expensive in valuation at 21 times forward earnings. He pointed out the company has missed its last three earnings estimates and that $110 appears to be an important support level.
Regis Philbin was a guest on the show. He is a buyer of Amazon (AMZN) and believes CEO Jeff Bezos will be able to keep the company on track to success. He said it is unlikely for the stock to go back below $300. He is a buyer of Micron (MU) on a pullback and he is also long Yahoo! (YHOO) for its Alibaba exposure.
Finerman said she is long Softbank for its exposure to Alibaba. She suggested that investors are concerned with how Yahoo! use its proceeds from its stake in Alibaba. Nathan added that shares of Yahoo! trade poorly, despite a foreseeable catalyst for investors. He said caution is warranted on the stock. Adami thinks shares of Yahoo! are going higher.
Grasso said Amazon has good long-term prospects but he would sell the stock and look for a better entry point if it breaks below $280.
David Einhorn, founder and president of Greenlight Capital, was a guest on the show. Einhorn is long Micron and said the stock is still attractively priced. He also said Micron's business has fundamentally improved and analyst estimates are too low.
Grasso said DRAM prices and shares of Micron move in lockstep. However, Micron appears to be slightly over-extended, which may warrant a pullback in the stock price.
St. Jude Medical (STJ) climbed 3% and was the first stock on the show's "Pops & Drops" segment. Grasso said to stay long the stock.
Workday (WDAY) jumped 2%. Nathan said the stock is still in a "major downtrend" and suggested lower lows are on the way.
Toll Brothers (TOL) popped 2%. Adami said the company has done a great job but he would "take profits and run."
Dennis Gartman, editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter, said many large traditional funds that hold 60% of its assets in stocks and 40% in bonds are making a rotation. Due to the gains in the stock market, many may be selling parts of their equity stake and buying bonds, thus stocks and bonds, which are typically inverse, both continue to rally. He is not a seller of bonds.
CNBC's Meg Tirrell was a guest on the show. Eli Lilly's (LLY) patent on its erectile dysfunction drug Cialis expires in 2017, so the company is trying to get it approved for over-the-counter purchase. The move would allow Eli Lilly to continue profiting from the drug's revenue stream, which accounted for $2.2 billion 2013, surpassing the $1.88 billion in sales from competitor Viagra.
The "Fast Money" final trades had a different twist on Wednesday: Philbin was a buyer of Caterpillar (CAT), Grasso was a buyer of Twitter with a stop-loss at $29.50 and Nathan was a buyer of July put options on the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT). Finerman suggested buying a small position in DSW and Adami was a buyer of Cisco Systems (CSCO).
-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.