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Pops & Drops: Family Dollar, Peabody...


Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Family Dollar and Peabody Energy popped while Advanced Micro Devices and Aetna dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

Family Dollar (FDO) popped 13%. Third quarter earnings beat estimates, rising 36% on strong sales. - I think it could go to $35, says Joe Terranova.

Stock Pops & Drops

Peabody Energy (BTU) popped 4%. Goldman upgraded the company to ‘buy’ from ‘sell’ citing its exposure to Asia. - They're heavily exposed to Asia and that's where the demand is, muses Tim Seymour.

Costco (COST) popped 3%. Retailers that carry attractively priced merchandise climbed on the back of Family Dollar’s results. - If you want exposure to the space I prefer Wal-Mart, counsels Karen Finerman.

DROPS (stocks that slid lower)

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) dropped 2%. Investors took profits and who can blame them considering the stock is up 50% this year.

Aetna (AET) dropped 3%. This and other HMO stocks gave back yesterday’s gains after word came from President Obama that he still feels a government alternative to private insurance is key to healthcare reform.

Evergreen Solar (ESLR) dropped 4%. Many solar stocks took a hit as investors interpreted lower crude to mean more affordable gasoline.

General Electric (GE) dropped 3%. A published report called into question the company’s debt rating.

Lennar (LEN) dropped 4%. Despite an increase in mortgage applications last week this and other homebuilder stocks closed lower.

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Trader disclosure: On July 8th, 2009, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Seymour Owns (AA), (AAPL), (BAC), (BX), (EEM), (FXI), (F), (INFY), (SBUX); Seymour's Firm Owns (FCX); Terranova Owns (MSFT), (XBI), (ABT), (OIH), (RIMM), (SUN) ; Adami Owns (AGU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE), (BTU); Finerman Owns (RIG), (TBT); Finerman's Firm Owns (FCN), (MSFT), (NOK), (PBR), (RIG), (TBT), (WMT), (FLS); Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC) Preferred; Finerman Owns (BAC) Preferred; Finerman's Firm Is Short (BAC), (IYR), (IJR), (MDY), (SPY), (USO)