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Stocks On The Move This Week: Merck, NY Times...


Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Merck (MRK), The New York Times (NYT)  and Goldman Sachs (GS) popped while Schering Plough (SGP) and WellCare Health Plans (WCG) dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

Merck (MRK) popped 8%. Shares of the drug maker got a shot in the arm on higher sales of vaccines and drugs for asthma and diabetes. – Guy Adami says the stock is rich on valuation but it still looks good.

Stock Pops & Drops

New York Times (NYT) popped 12%. The grey lady turned green as higher circulation and ad revenues lifted profits. – There’s nothing to see here, says Jeff Macke. Move along!

Goldman Sachs (GS) popped 8%. The venerable investment bank outperformed its competitors this week. This is cream rising to the top, says Karen Finerman.

DeVry (DV) popped 47%. Shareholders sent for-profit education company DeVry to the head of the class. – DeVry received 4 upgrades, explains Guy Adami.

Deckers Outdoor (DECK) popped 34%. The maker of Uggs boots saw a nearly 60% increase in profits thanks to explosive sales of the popular footwear. – Jeff Macke says don’t bet against this company. (BIDU) popped 12%. The Chinese "Google" outpaced the gains of the "real Google" this week, after profit more than doubled. It stole market share from Yahoo. – Pete Najarian says the stock is working.

Macy's (M) popped 9%. The department store hit a stride this week and climbed each day of the week. – Karen Finerman is impressed.

Black and Decker (BDK) popped 18%. The nation's largest power tool maker jumped after international growth helped offset sluggish U.S. sales. – Jeff Macke likes their overseas exposure.

Monster Worldwide (MNST) popped 12%. Monster made monster gains as the job website clobbered profit expectations, and raised its share buyback by $100 million. – Guy Adami thinks it has room to grow.

DROPS: (stocks that slid lower)

Schering Plough (SGP) dropped 7%. Shares of Schering Plough didn't fare well, falling short on both sales and profit estimates. – Pete Najarian thinks the company has a weak pipeline.

WellCare Health Plans (WCG) dropped 73%. The company, which manages certain Medicaid programs for the government, continued its freefall after the FBI raided their offices. “Don’t catch a falling knife,” says Karen Finerman.

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (WWY) dropped 10%. The maker of Big Red, Altoids, & Orbit gum was chewed up, after lower North American sales led to lower-than-expected profits.-  Pete Najarian says the stock was already up 30% on the year and the drop is profit taking.

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Trader disclosure: On Oct 26, 2007, 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 (ATVI), (INTC), (YHOO), (EMC); Najarian Owns (GOOG), (BHI), (C), (DISH), (HAL), (YHOO), Najarian Owns (SNDK) Calls; Najarian Owns (MSFT) Puts; Finerman Owns (C); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (GS), (KFT), (MSFT), Finerman's Firm Is Short (MER) And Owns (MER) Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns (MO), (NVT), (TWX), (YHOO), (BIIB); Finerman's Firm Owns S&P 500 Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns Russell 2000 Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns (BEAS) And (BEAS) Options