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Pops & Drops: McDonald's, Kimberly-Clark...


Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of McDonald’s and Kimberly-Clark popped while Morgan Stanley and Estee Lauder dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

Exelon (EXC) popped 4%. Shares of this firm closed higher along with many other utilities; considering the cold snap sweeping the nation, that’s no surprise. - It's more of a recovery than a pop, says Joe Terranova.

Stock Pops & Drops

McDonald’s (MCD) popped 3%. Investors continue to crave this stock; one of the best performers of ’08. - Like Toni Basil says, "Oh Mickey you're so fine," exclaims Jeff Macke. It's a buy under $60.

Terra Industries (TRA) popped 26%. CF Industries announced plans to acquire the company for about $2 billion, a 34% premium. - Interesting, muses Karen Finerman. Probably taking advantage of the stock price.

Kimberly-Clark (KMB) popped 2%. Investors put money into this stock as a safe-haven play – away from the volatile financials.

T Rowe Price (TROW) popped 3%. The Baltimore-based money manager bounced despite an analyst note which said fourth quarter results could disappoint.

DROPS (stocks that slid lower)

Morgan Stanley (MS) dropped 4%. This stock moved in tandem with the entire financial services sector. - Anybody taking money from the government is going to lose, counsels Tim Seymour.

JPMorgan (JPM) dropped 6%. Fourth-quarter profit plunged 76 percent as it wrote down bad loans, signaling that even this bank, which has avoided the worst of the credit crunch, is struggling with the recession. - Sometimes you're just happy to break even, muses Joe Terranova.

Wells Fargo (WFC) dropped 7%. Investors bid shares lower; perhaps concerned that its acquisition of Wachovia could leave the firm saddled with some nasty surprises. - A sinking tide sinks all banks, bristles Jeff Macke.

Estee Lauder (EL) dropped 10%. The slowdown in consumer spending dragged down second-quarter earnings for this cosmetic firm.

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Trader disclosure: On Jan 16, 2009, 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 (C), (BAC), (SDS), (TM), (MCD), (DIS), (MSFT); Seymour Owns (AAPL), (BAC), (EEM), (F), (COP); Finerman's Firm Owns (DSX), (MSFT), (COP); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), (IJR), (IWM), (MDY), (SPY), (USO), (VNO), (BBT), (COF);

Terranova Is Co-Portfolio Manager Of The Virtus Diversifier PHOLIO; Virtus Diversifier PHOLIO Owns (IGE), (DBC), (DBV)

Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of  (ABD), (ARE), (BIG), (DLR), (EPR), (EXR), (IGE), (SLB), (MAC), (DBC), (DBV), (SKT), (UA), (CLB); Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of  Seagate Tax Refund Rights; Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of  Corporate Office Properties Trust SBI MD; Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of  Goldman Sachs Financial Square Fund - Money Market Fund