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Pro Traders: Ride the Rally or Sell into Strength?

On Tuesday, investors were struggling to determine if the market’s next big move would be higher after stocks bounced to the upside after taking a nose dive earlier in the week.

Should you position as if the worst of the sell-off over? Does the 635 point drop in the Dow on Monday signal capitulation ?

Strategic investor Dennis Gartman thinks at least for the short term – the path of least resistance is higher. “The panic is done for now,” he says. “The bottom is in for a while.”

In fact Gartman has already established long positions in the SPY. And if the S&P holds he suggests looking at steel, railroads and banks.

However he concedes, the market could very well go back and test the Monday lows “just to see how good they are. Don’t get too married to a long position. I don't know if the ultimate bottom is in, but for a while the 'V' bottom is in."

Trader Brian Kelly agrees. He tells us that he’s covered his short position in SPY, and sold out of gold. “I think we could have a serious rally. I wouldn’t be surprised to see stocks rally 7-8%,” he says. However, he suggests playing it with upside calls to limit risk.

Trader Pete Najarian is also establishing new longs. He thinks the market has settled enough to look at BofA and Blackstone simply because he thinks they were beaten up badly. “But only put a toe in the water, don’t dive in head first,” he says.

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Trader Steve Cortes is also a buyer “because Monday was so chaotic,” he says. "When traders are cryin' I'm buyin'."

Cortes if focused on consumer staples and is a buyer of Walmart , Procter & Gamble and J&J . Cortes feels that oil’s down move – which totals $40 from peak to trough – presents massive relief to consumers in the form of lower prices at the pump. “It’s time to be constructive,” he says.

Trader Patty Edwards is more cautious. She’s staying on the sidelines and doesn't trust the rally. “Bounces can be quick and violent,” she says. “Nobody sprinkled any magic fairy dust on this market.”

According to Chris Verrone of Strategas – Patty Edwards probably has the best strategy. After looking at chart patterns he tells us that he thinks “Tuesday's gains are a classic oversold bounce.”

Verrone points to a few indicators. Looking at the Investors Intelligence Bull Bear Ratio, bulls still outnumber bears by a 2-1 ratio. “That number needs to come down – people are too optimistic to set a bottom,” he says. Also Verrone doesn’t think the put to call ratio shows enough fear to suggest a bottom.

That's not to say as a trader you can't game the bounce, it's just that Verrone thinks you need to be nimble. “As the S&P rallies I’m skeptical the market can get above 1200 – 1220. That should be resistance. From there, I think we retest 1100 – 1070 lows,” he says.

What do you think? We want to know!



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Trader disclosure: On Aug 9th 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Najarian owns (AAPL); Najarian owns (C); Najarian owns (MS); Najarian owns (PFE); Najarian owns (TCK); Najarian owns (ECA); Najarian owns (BAC) options; Cortes owns (JNJ); Cortes owns (PG);Cortes owns (WMT);Cortes is short Silver;Cortes is short Gold;Cortes is short Euro; Cortes is short GBP

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