'Fast Money' Recap: Is HP Split the Right Move for Investors?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 slid 0.16% on Monday. 

On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Dan Nathan, co-founder and editor of riskreversal.com, said that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) -- which is splitting into two companies -- has destroyed a lot of value for shareholders over the past several years. While management has cut costs, there's not much else it can do to create additional value. 

Pete Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com, disagreed with Nathan, arguing that CEO Meg Whitman continues to execute her turnaround plan. The company could be successful in the cloud as well. He is long the stock and looking for it to climb to $40. 

Karen Finerman, president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, said that large companies do not tend to make these types of moves when "times are going great." That doesn't mean there is anything wrong with Hewlett-Packard, but it's something to consider, she added.

Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com, said shares of Hewlett-Packard are "relatively cheap," trading at just 9.5 times next year's earnings. The stock seems likely to decline in the next several sessions before moving higher again, possibly to $40.

Shares of The Container Store (TCS) are down some 10% in the after-hours following disappointing guidance. Finerman said these types of drops are what happen when stocks are "priced to perfection" and don't live up to it. 

Adami said The Container Store is expensive based on valuation and it does not trade well. It seems likely to "flush" lower over the next few sessions, and will likely be traded from the long side on Wednesday. Nathan said The Container Store never should have went public and seems likely to trade down to its initial public offering price of $18. 

Dan Ives, managing director at FBR Capital Markets, said Symantec (SYMC) should consider spinning off its storage business and focus solely on its cyber security business. Citrix (CTXS) should spin off its cloud business and EMC Corp. (EMC) should ends its partnership with VMware (VMW) .

Adami said Palo Alto Networks (PANW) seems poised to move higher, as does Symantec. International Business Machine (IBM) is also a good split up candidate. Najarian agreed that a split between EMC Corp. and VMware made sense. He also said Dupont (DD) should consider spinning off some of its businesses. 

Finerman said Manitowoc (MTW) should split up. Nathan said Oracle (ORCL) should consider splitting up its businesses as well.

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) fell 93% after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Finerman said she bought the stock at 82 cents and sold it at 99 cents. The company has a "severe liquidity crisis" but needs to give its blindsided shareholders a better explanation. 

Colin Rusch, senior research analyst at Northland Securities, was a guest on the show. "Almost zero," he said about the impact GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy would have on the solar industry. As to the tax credits scheduled to disappear in 2017, that occurrence should help the industry operate more efficiently while also helping to drive solar growth. 

Najarian said he likes SunEdison (SUNE) , which has seen a lot of bullish options activity. 

Adami said shares of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR) are back near the bottom of its range and investors can buy it. 

Tom Ridge, former homeland security secretary and CEO of Ridge Global, said there's probably a lot more cyber attacks that have happened than what has been reported so far. Businesses need to understand that cyber attacks are a risk, and they need to eliminate that risk. Lloyd's Of London offers an insurance policy of up to $50 million as well as customized risk assessments, he said. 

Nathan said he likes shares of Palo Alto Networks. Investors should stick with the stocks that have been working well and avoid stocks that haven't, such as FireEye (FEYE) . Najarian said he likes F5 Networks (FFIV) and Intel (INTC) .

J.C. Penney (JCP)  fell 6% and was the first stock on the show's "Pops & Drops" segment. Finerman said investors may be fearing that sales are slowing down. Her top retail pick is Macy's (M) . 

Zillow (Z) dropped 2%. Nathan said he would avoid the stock as it looks to have more downside ahead. 

Micron (MU) declined 4%. Adami said the stock needs to find support near $30. He thinks it will. 

El Pollo Loco (LOCO) popped 4%. Najarian said the stock is "off to the races" and looks to be headed higher.

Dennis Gartman, editor and producer of The Gartman Letter, said investors should avoid Brazilian equities because it's quite likely that Dilma Rousseff will be re-elected as president. Turning to commodities, he is a buyer of steel, railroad companies and aluminum. He also likes Alcoa (AA) . 

Adami should shares of U.S. Steel (X) have an attractive risk/reward on the long side near current levels. 

Najarian pointed out some bullish options activity in shares of Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT) , specifically in the November $23 calls and the January $23/$25 bull call the spread. He is long the January call spread. 

Nathan pointed out some potentially bearish option activity in shares of Facebook (FB) , specifically when someone sold 6,000 October 2015 $82.50 call options. It's likely an investor who is already long the stock and looking to create some yield on their position or create some downside protection. The trade provides protection down to roughly $69. 

For their final trades, Najarian is a buyer of EMC Corp. and Finerman is buying Manitowoc. Adami said to buy Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Nathan is a buyer of the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) via call options.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

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