NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 sold off early but recovered somewhat before ultimately closing lower by 0.40%.
On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Tim Seymour, managing partner of Triogem Asset Management, said Thursday's selloff had less to do with issues in Portugal and more to do with investors who feel complacent with their stock positions. He added that investors continue to fear missing out on more upside.
Karen Finerman, president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, said investors have not seemed "panicky" so far when selling. She added that the market is still too expensive to buy, but not at a good level to sell short.
Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital, said selling U.S. stocks because of Portugal is wrong. Instead, he did not like the retail sales results that were released Thursday along with the economic numbers from Japan, Germany and France. The global economy is not as strong as we thought it was a few weeks ago, he said.
Steve Grasso, director of institutional sales at Stuart Frankel, said there is confusion in the market, not panic, and that's notable by investors buying utility stocks, as they search for yield.
Kelly said he likes Microsoft, which pays a handsome dividend and has low volatility. Grasso said the momentum technology stocks need to make new highs in order for the large-cap technology stocks to continue moving higher.
Paul Miller, managing director at FBR Capital Markets, there is a lot of "good news factored into banks," and thinks the sector will head lower as interest rates stay low. He added that rates are likely to stay lower longer than many investors anticipate. He likes Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) but does not like Bank of America (BAC - Get Report), JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report), Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report) and Citigroup (C - Get Report).
Kelly agreed with Miller's assessment. Seymour did not agree, arguing there will be some "major positive surprises" from the banks in the upcoming earnings quarter.
Finerman was optimistic as well. Specifically, she said Bank of America's low valuation indicates that a lot of good news is notfactored into the stock. Grasso said Wells Fargo trades at a premium to the other banks because it does not carry the same types of risks.
Mike Dudas, senior research analyst at Sterne Agee, said gold is seasonally strong between June 30 and Oct. 31. Gold prices could reach up to $1,500 per ounce during that stretch this year, he said. He added that gold has good fundamentals and a bullish chart. As for the miners, he likes Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM - Get Report) and Coeur Mining (CDE - Get Report).
Finerman said it would be interesting to see more M&A deals in the industrial space following the reported offer from ZF Friedricshafen for TRW Automotive Holdings (TRW).
Grasso said investors who are buying Verizon Communications (VZ - Get Report) solely for its dividend yield should look to utility stocks instead. Specifically, he likes Southern Company (SO - Get Report).
Dan Niles, founding partner of AlphaOne Capital, is long Intel (INTC - Get Report), arguing that increased PC demand will benefit the company. The last time the PC market showed positive growth was in the first quarter of 2012, he said. In the third quarter of 2014 it may very well show growth once again. The stock has a low valuation, a solid dividend and the PC market is not dying off, he reasoned.
Kelly said he likes both Intel and Microsoft.
Seymour cautioned investors to consider taking someprofits in certain large-cap technology stocks like Intel and Microsoft. The valuations are no longer as cheap as they once were and earnings per share estimates have not risen.
Coach (COH) fell 1% and was the first stock on the show's "Pops & Drops" segment. Finerman said the turnaround story for the company has yet to begin.
Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT - Get Report) fell 13%. Grasso said he no longer likes to buy individual biotech stocks following his purchase of Clovis Oncology (CLVS - Get Report), so he suggested investors use the IBB ETF instead.
Cray (CRAY) jumped 16%. Kelly said to buy the stock on a pullback.
Finerman admitted that SunEdison (SUNE) did not have a low valuation and is volatile, but reasoned that the fundamentals are improving. She is long the stock.
Seymour said he likes rooftop solar stocks such as SolarCity (SCTY).
Bob Wetenhall, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said the home renovation trade is running out of steam. While he likes Masco (MAS - Get Report) for its opportunity to complete a tax-free spinoff and focus on higher-margin businesses, he believes the company will miss its upcoming earnings estimates. He has an outperform rating on the stock with $24 price target.
He also likes Mohawk Industries (MHK - Get Report), but said he would rather buy the stock on a pullback. He has an outperform rating on the stock with a $154 price target. He also likes Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS - Get Report).
For their final trades, Seymour is a buyer of Chevron and Grasso is buying Intel. Kelly said to buy the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ - Get Report) and Finerman was simply not a buyer of Lands' End (LE - Get Report).
-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.