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On November 11th the Negotiator recommended a “no more tears” trade. At the time he said Johnson & Johnson is finally starting to make a move. I think if you want to be in drugs this is a great way to play it and defensively.”
Adami found the one drug name that didn’t make you sick this week. Shares of Johnson & Johnson held strong amid the fall in pharma.
On January 3rd the Lone Wolf recommended washing your hands of the agriculture trade. At the time he said, “Don’t be a pig on these stocks. It’s not safe when they go parabolic like that. I would rotate out of ag.”
Macke saw the fruitful harvest in ag stocks was about to hit a major drought. Had you shorted the farm, you would’ve earned more than 15% as Monsanto , Agrium and Potash all shriveled on the vine.
On December 27th the Pit Boss thought biotech would be smart medicine for your portfolio. At the time he said, "Biogen (BIIB) doesn't need anybody (to buy out the company), so going forward I really like Biogen."
Although Big Pharma failed this week, Najarian diagnosed the right biotech trade. Shares of Biogen are up 5% since his call.
On January 8th the Chairwoman turned bearish on smaller business. At the time she said, “I want to be short the smaller cap. If we are in fact going into a recession, I'd much rather keep my short smaller cap exposure.”
Finerman found that the smallest stocks would become the biggest losers. Had you shorted the small-cap ETF, iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM), along with Finerman you would’ve made an 8% gain in just over a week.
Now that’s “Fast Money.”
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Trader disclosure: On Jan 18, 2008, 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 (INTC), (YHOO); Najarian Owns (BIIB), (C), (CSCO), (MS), (MSFT), (EMC); Najarian Owns (LEH) Puts; Finerman Owns (GS); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (HD); Finerman's Firm Owns (PLCE), (TSO), (VLO), (WMT), (YHOO), (M), (AEO) (DSW), (SUN), (SKS); Finerman's Firm Owns Russell 2000 Puts And Is Short (IWM); Finerman's Firm Owns S&P 500 Puts; Finerman's Firm Is Short (MDY), (IYR), (IJR), (SGP), (TCO),(SPY); Finerman's Firm Is short (LEH) And Owns (LEH) Puts; GE Is The Parent Company Of CNBC; Najarian Owned (BIIB) On 12/27/07; Finerman's Firm Owned Russell 2000 Puts And Was Short (IWM) On 1/8/07