With chatter of a correction growing louder and louder, how can you still profit and protect? The Fast Money gang has a few ideas.
#1: Correction Protection: Regional Banks
Pete Najarian suggests looking at BB&T due to bullish options action. An unusual amount of BB&T Feb 30 call volume leads him to believe the stock could make a sharp move higher.
I think the short trade might be interesting, counters Guy Adami. Regional banks have problems aside from new government restrictions.
For the short term I think there’s more upside in regional banks, counters Jon Najarian - Pete's brother. I also think that takeovers in the space may be off the table now that the White House is telegraphing that bigger is not better in this space.
#2 Correction Protection: Tech Storage
Guy Adami recommends putting Western Digital on your radar. They 'crushed it' on earnings, says the Negotiator. However, in the after hours I don’t like the way it’s trading. I think it’s setting up for a little pullback, but on a dip I’m a buyer.
Or put Seagate on your radar, adds Pete Najarian. It’s also a buy on any pullback.
#3 Correction Protection: Cheap Funding Beneficiaries
I'm watching companies that are cash rich, says Karen Finerman. Names like Oracle, IBM, and Johnson & Johnson may make acquistions. It's a good way to use their cash.
I agree that tech and pharma are two sectors that should see more M&A, echoes Pete Najarian.
I like JNJ to hideout, adds Guy Adami.
I'm bullish on Glaxo, adds Tim Seymour.
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Trader disclosure: On January 21st, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Finerman Owns (AAPL); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IJR), (MDY), (SPY), (IWM), (UNG), (USO); Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC), (BAC) Leaps; Finerman Owns (BAC), (BAC) Preferred; Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (GOOG); Finerman's Firm Owns (MSFT); Finerman's Firm Owns (TGT); Pete Najarian Owns (BBT) Calls; Pete Najarian Owns (BP), Is Short (BP) Call; Pete Najarian Owns (GS) Call Spread; Pete Najarian Owns (INTC) Calls; Pete Najarian Owns (MS), Is Short (MS) Calls; Pete Najarian Owns (MRVL); Pete Najarian Owns (PFE); Pete Najarian Owns (XLF) Calls; Pete Najarian Owns (CLF) Call Spread; Pete Najarian Owns (TCK), Is Short (TCK) Calls; Adami Owns (AGU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE), (BTU)’ Seymour Owns (FXI), (AAPL), (BAC), (GOOG), (INTC), (POT)
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