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Crazy As 100 Squirrels In A Bag

Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 6:39 PM ET

What are the best trades when a volatile market acts like 100 squirrels in a bag?

Pete Najarian: Big Pharma works. Merck (MRK) feels insulated, Genentech (DNA) will do well because of its pipeline. Biogen (BIIB) has limited downside.

Karen Finerman: Play defense with stocks like Altria (MO) and Kraft (KFT).

Guy Adami:Altria (MO), Unilever (UL) and Procter & Gamble (PG) are the best defensive plays.

Tomorrow's Trades: Playing Defense
How to cover your bases in a volatile market.

Jeff Macke: Sell the pops and buy the drops in this tricky market.




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DTST
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MDLZ
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MO
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MRK
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PG
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ULVR
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Trader disclosure: On Nov. 20, 2007, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders: Macke Owns (YHOO), (EMC); Najarian Owns (AMTD) Options; (GOOG) Options; (YHOO) Options; Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (GS), (KFT); Finerman's Firm Owns (SKS), (TSO), (WMT), (LTD), (CROX), Finerman's Firm Owns (MSFT) Options; Finerman's Firm Is Short (SPY), (IWM), (IYR), (IJR), (MDY), (LEN); Finerman's Firm Is Short (LEH) And Owns (LEH) Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns (HD) And (HD) Puts, Finerman Owns (HD); Finerman's Firm Owns S&P 500 Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns Russell 2000 Puts

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MDLZ
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