“Fast Money” pros took defensive positions Tuesday, after stocks finished lower on the Federal Reserve’s unchanged monetary policy.
“The place I think you need to be here at the beginning of the year is in very defensive positioning,” said trader Joe Terranova. “McDonald’s is making 52-week highs for a reason.”
MCD closed at $98 per share, retreating from an all-time high of $98.95 earlier in the day.
Terranova pointed to other strong performers such as IBM, Pfizer and Exxon.
“Markets aren’t trading on fundamentals,” trader Tim Seymour said.
“Dis-inflation” was a big concern, he added. “I don’t know if it’s deflation, but that’s the big concern here and maybe that’s what has people worried.”
Trader Guy Adami said he was more inclined to buy than to sell.
“Although I am in the bear camp and have been for a while, you have to allow the trading action to dictate what you do and we’re right here at levels where I believe you can still trade against,” he said.
Good news out of Europe could “easily” push the S&P 500 to 1,250, Adami said.
Even as the VIX was down 9 percent, trader Karen Finerman said it was a good idea to buy some protection.
“I don’t know that you can be all in or all out,” she said.
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