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Karen Finerman's 3 Retail Takeout Targets

Another day, another deal; On Thursday Jo-Ann Stores announced it was being taken private by investment firm Leonard Green & Partners for about $1.6 billion.

This deal follows the Gymboree and JCrew deals announced earlier this year.

Who's next?

Karen Finerman (aka the Chairwoman) suggests putting the following names on your radar:
1. Office Depot
2. Aeropostale
3. Avon Products (this one she says is a long shot)

It's important to note that these picks are speculative. “Typically, I don’t like to do this,” she says.

But interesting dynamics are coming together that Finerman wants you to know about.

”These stocks have relatively low valuations and strong balance sheets," she explains, "with strong balance sheets indicative of a company that's doing well. Private equity typically likes companies that are doing well.”

But beyond that she says there's another powerful catalyst at play.

“Private equity has to put money to work. If they don’t use the money they lose the commitment. And they don't want to lose the money.”

And beyond that....

Office Depot just implemented new change-in-control agreements for three key executives. Aeropostale recently hired Barclay's as a strategic advisor; though published reports suggest the move was to fend-off private equity. And Avon just "isn't hitting on all cylinders," says Finerman.

* Hear more about these picks from Finerman in this video. The conversation begin around 10 minutes 30 seconds.




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Trader disclosure: On Dec. 23, 2010, following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Matt Hougan owns (VWO). Jon Najarian owns (ADBE), is short (ADBE) calls. Jon Najarian owns (BBT), is short (BBT) calls. Jon Najarian owns (BBY), is short (BBY) calls. Jon Najarian owns (CSCO), is short (CSCO) calls. Jon Najarian owns (GS), is short (GS) calls. Jon Najarian owns (MSFT), is short (MSFT) calls. Jon Najarian owns (ODP) calls. Jon Najarian owns (POT), is short (POT) calls. Jon Najarian owns (RHT), is short (RHT) calls. Jon Najarian owns (VZ) call spreads. Jon Najarian owns (EXC) puts. Jon Najarian owns (ANW). Jon Najarian owns (IBM), is short (IBM) calls. Jon Najarian owns (SD), is short (SD) calls. Jon Najarian owns (V), is short (V) calls. Jon Najarian owns (DF). Karen Finerman owns (AAPL), (BAC), (GOOG), (JPM) and (MSFT).

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