Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Ford and Genentech popped while Northwest and Freddie Mac dropped. Also Carl Ichan calls the panel to wish Karen Finerman a happy birthday.
POPS (stocks that jumped higher)
Homebuilder ETF (XHB) popped 4%. Existing US home sales fell less than expected, more evidence that the housing slump may be reaching a bottom. – Interesting, says Karen Finerman.
Ford (F) popped 4%. A British union leader said that Ford may sell its UK-based Jaguar brand to India's Tata motors as early as next week. – It’s been a widow-maker for me, says Guy Adami.
Warner Music Group (WMG) popped 13%. A change in management popped this tunesmith stock: Michael Nash was promoted to executive vice president of strategy and business development. – It's a sell, says Jeff Macke.
Genentech (DNA) popped 9%. The FDA approved Genentech's cancer drug Avastin for use in treating breast tumors. – Take profits, counsels Guy Adami.
Minnesota. Besides winning golden statuettes at the Oscars last nights, screenwriter Diablo Cody and writing/directing team Joel and Ethan Coen share another common trail: all hail from Minnesota. Cody, a former exotic dancer, won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Juno...The Coen Brothers won a trio of trophies: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture for No Country for Old Men.
Perfect World Co. (PWRD) popped 12%. The Chinese maker of online video games posted near-perfect profits when reporting its first full-year income. – Get out of it, says Jeff Macke.
Agria Corporation (GRO) popped 9%. The Chinese ag firm with the catchy ticker said its sales would grow by 25% this year. – Stick with North American ag companies, counsels Pete Najarian.
Dell (DELL) popped 3%. The PC giant popped ahead of its earnings on Thursday. – It’s hard to know if this is anything, says Karen Finerman.
Zebra Technologies (ZBRA) popped 13%. The aptly-named maker of bar code printers said North American sales increased profits 43%.
DROPS (stocks that slid lower)
Northwest (NWA) dropped 3%. Doubts over the airline's merger with Delta sent shares south. – Oil is killing this stock, says Pete Najarian.
Freddie Mac (FRE) dropped 2%. Goldman Sachs downgraded Freddie to "sell" and cut its price target to $22. – That’s Goldman just being mean, says Karen Finerman.
Google (GOOG) dropped 4%. Although some on the Street see Google as the true winner if Microsoft buys Yahoo, Google shares were down as the deal dance continued.
Under Armour (UA) dropped 2%. Shares were on the move at this athletic wear company -- first popped at the open, and then dropped mysteriously, all on no news.
Also Carl Ichan calls the panel to wish Karen Finerman a happy birthday. Watch the video to see what he says about Motorola and more.
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Trader disclosure: On Feb.25, 2008, 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), (YHOO), (DIS); Najarian Owns (C), (MS), (MSFT), (XLF), (YHOO); Najarian Owns (CCOI) Calls, (AA) Calls, (NTAP) Calls; Najarian Owns (ACI) Calls; Finerman Owns (GS); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (HD); Finerman's Firm Owns (MSFT), (SUN), (TYC), (WMT) (YHOO), (AAPL); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), (IJR), (MDY), (SPY), (IWM), (COF), (LEH); Finerman's Firm Owns Shares Of Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc; WWE Programs Air On Networks Of NBC Universal, The Parent Company Of CNBC; Vivendi Owns 20% Of NBC Universal, The Parent Company Of CNBC; GE Is The Parent Company Of CNBC