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Obama Energy Trade

Monday, 15 Dec 2008 | 6:47 PM ET

President-elect Barack Obama named his top energy and environment officials on Monday, the latest in a series of announcements on who will serve in the Obama administration after he takes office on January 20.

At a press conference Obama said he selected Steven Chu as energy secretary, Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Carol Browner as his energy and climate "czar," and Nancy Sutley to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The team is widely expected to show seriousness about conservation and global warming. According to the International Herald Tribune, "Mr. Obama is putting words into action that he will move toward clean-energy solutions, (and) take on global warming.

Obama's Energy Team
President-elect Barack Obama announces the individuals who will head his energy team and takes questions about his new energy plan.

Is there a trade, here?

Tim Seymour

The Ambassador doesn’t think it matters where oil prices are. Even with low prices at the pump he still expects a push toward alternative energy under the new administration. "I’d keep an eye on Trina Solar ."
"And I’m long uranium through Uranium One and Cameco as a play on nuclear energy."

Jeff Macke

As you know Jeff Macke is anything but bullish on altnernative energy. He feels Tim Seymour's picks work fine for a trade but he thinks the bigger issue is gasoline which is cheap now. "That’s all that matters."

However, in the energy sector he sees opportunity in coal. "Check out Arch Coal," counsels the Wolf.

Pete Najarian

The Pit Boss also likes coal stocks.

And he thinks drillers are over-sold. "I see opportunity in that space going forward."

Karen Finerman

"I look at the alternative energy space from time to time but I still can’t get excited," says the Chairwoman.

She likes nat gas and nat gas companies such as Devon and Anadarko.


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Trader disclosure: On Dec. 15th, 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 (MSFT), (WMT), (SDS), (MCD); Najarian Owns (FCX), (RDC); Najarian Owns (BMY) Calls; Najarian Owns (NUE) And Is Short (NUE) Calls; Najarian Owns (UYG) And Is Short (UYG) Calls; Finerman's Firm Owns (AET), (DSX), (MSFT), (DVN), (APC); Finerman's Firm Is Short (VNO), (IYR), (IJR), (MDY), (SPY), (IWM), (COF), (USO); Seygem Asset Management Owns (FXI); Seymour Owns (AAPL), (BAC), (F), (MER), (TSL), (CCJ); Seymour Owns Shares Of Uranium One, Inc.

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