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Pro Strategies to Navigate Market’s Gut-Wrenching Volatility

Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 1:37 PM ET

On Friday, frazzled investors were desperately hoping that gains in the Dow and S&P might signal that the stock market had started to stabilize.

If the S&P 500 ends higher, it will be the index's first two-day winning streak since July 21-22. It had fallen for 11 of the past 14 sessions.

And even a little tranquility would be a welcome relief for investors who have struggled with gut wrenching volatility, since Monday.

In fact, the volatility in the market made history. For the first time ever the Dow moved 400 points every day for 4 consecutive days.

How should you navigate the market’s nauseating swings?

Instant Insights with the Fast Money traders

All of our pros suggest lightening up into the week end. “After the week we had – you have to trim losses and take gains,” says pro trader Steve Grasso.

”Trim it and hedge it, adds trader Pete Najarian. “That the only way to approach it.”

From the floor of the NYSE, Grasso tells us that 1172 is a key level to watch. It’s the closing level on Tuesday of this week and Thursday. If the market slips, how it behaves at that level should be considered a ‘tell.’

And another move lower would come as no surprise to Pete Najarian. He's spotted a few signs in the fiancials that he worries could be leading indicators. They follow:

- Bellwether and Dow component Goldman Sachs traded lower on the same day the Dow Average traded higher by triple digits.

- Also, he doesn’t like the technical action in the chart of Morgan Stanley. “It looks broken” he says.

- And the XLF which is the ETF that tracks the financial sector struggled to stay above 13. “Even JPMorgan has started to drift,” he says.

Wildest Week on Wall Street
The Fast Money traders share their trades as the markets are poised to end the week on a high note.

Patty Edwards tells us that although she didn’t buy much, she did go bargain hunting during the week and added to her positions in Potash and Syngenta – although she also trimmed losers.

Grasso doesn’t advocate bottom fishing right now. “Companies that you’re investing in, they can have the best fundamentals in the world but if the market goes down – your company is probably going down too,” he says.

Brian Kelly is closer to Grasso’s philosophy. Kelly suggests selling any strength. “You can count my long positions on one hand,” he says. “I’m mostly in cash. There’s not much that makes me want to be long."

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Trader disclosure: On Aug 12, 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Steve Grasso owns (AMD); Steve Grasso owns (ASTM); Steve Grasso owns (BA); Steve Grasso owns (BAC); Steve Grasso owns (C); Steve Grasso owns (D); Steve Grasso owns (JPM); Steve Grasso owns (LIT); Steve Grasso owns (LPX); Steve Grasso owns (LVS); Steve Grasso owns (MAR); Steve Grasso owns (MHY); Steve Grasso owns (NDAQ); Steve Grasso owns (PFE); Steve Grasso owns (PRST); Steve Grasso owns (UAL); Steve Grasso owns (XHB); Steve Grasso owns (XLB); Steve Grasso owns (XLI)

For Brian Kelly
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Accounts Managed By Brian Kelly Capital are short the British Pound
Accounts Managed By Brian Kelly Capital are short the Euro

For Patty Edwards
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Edwards Owns (JWN) For Clients
Edwards Owns (SMH) For Clients
Edwards is long Gold For Clients
Edwards is long Silver For Clients
Edwards owns the Canadian Dollar

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