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Pros Trade Market Moving Developments at JC Penney, Talbots


Developments in retail are coming at a fast and furious pace. What must you know about JCPenney and Talbots and how should you trade the changes?

JC Penney

On Wednesday J.C. Penney said it had taken a 16.6% percent stake in Martha Stewart Living - a deal that will bring a unique line of Martha Stewart products to J.C. Penney stores.

In addition JC Penney will build mini-stores under the Martha Steward brand. The company’s new CEO Ron Johnson called the deal  "a key centerpiece" in the company's transformation. (As you may know, Johnson is celebrated for created the world renowned Apple stores.)

What’s the trade?

”Ron Johnson is a retail genius,” says Steve Cortes. “He probably knows what he’s doing but I wouldn’t buy the stock on this news. However,  I wouldn’t bet against it, either.”

Looking at retail broadly, Cortes says “I’m short the XRT against the S&P. I’m betting on disappointment into Christmas. Last year we saw retailers badly underperform into Christmas.”


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Private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which owns 9.9 percent of retailer Talbots , offered to buy the ailing women's retailer for about $212 million.

Shopping List Amid Uncertainty

The $3-a-share cash offer values the women's clothing retailer at a 92 percent premium to the stock's Tuesday close of $1.56. Sycamore said it might consider increasing its offer if it had access to Talbots' private financial records.

What’s the trade?

”This is a chart I’d sell into versus buy into,” says Steve Grasso.

”Karen Finerman told me there’s no reason to chase this name,” adds Pete Najarian. "I'm listening to Karen."

Dollar General

Top Deutsche analyst Charles Grom upgraded Dollar General and raised his price target saying that the state of the low-end consumer and a “relatively benign” Wal-Mart could be positive factors for the discount chain store.

What else must you know?

Check out our exclusive conversation with Grom. Watch the video now!

* You'll find Grom about 12 minutes into the video clip

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Trader disclosure: On Dec 7, 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Najarian is long AAPL; Najarian is long C; Najarian is long JPM calls; Najarian is long WFC calls; Najarian is long MSFT; Najarian is long INTC; Najarian is long YHOO; Grasso owns ASTM; Grasso owns AVAV; Grasso owns BA; Grasso owns D; Grasso owns LIT; Grasso owns MHY; Grasso owns PFE; Grasso owns PRST; Grasso owns S; Grasso owns XLU; Lindzon is long LPSN; Lindzon is long AMZN; Lindzon is long INTU; Lindzon is long ARBA; Cortes is long Treasuries; Cortes is long INTC; Cortes is long KR; Cortes is long TSN; Cortes is short EUR; Cortes is short DB; Cortes is short XRT vs. S&P long

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