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Trading Retailers Ahead of Earnings


If you’re a trader who plays retail you’ve got a big week ahead.

A slew of the biggest names in the space report quarterly results all week.

Just take a look at some of the reports that are coming!

Company                                           Date
JC Penney                          May 15
Limited Brands                     May 16
Gap                                   May 17
Ross Stores                         May 17
Sears                                 May 17

How should you trade it?

Trader Stephen Weiss tells us JC Penney is a short. “Although I can’t tell you what the quarter will be, I can tell you the turnaround doesn't seem to be  working. I think the new pricing strategy is a flawed strategy.”

Trader Joe Terranova says of all the names in the space, he finds Gap most interesting. “If it sells off after earnings, I’m a buyer of a pullback,” he says.

Trader Mike Murphy thinks there’s a play to be had in Abercrombie. “It’s pulled back a lot, I think there’s a pop coming for a play,” he says.

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Trader disclosure: On May 14, 2012, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Joe Terranova is long VRTS; Joe Terranova is long MCD; Joe Terranova is long SBUX; Joe Terranova is long UPL; Joe Terranova is long LQD; Joe Terranova is long HPQ; Joe Terranova is long SNDK; Joe Terranova is long NFLX; Joe Terranova is long SJM; Jon Najarian is long call spreads in GRPN; Jon Najarian is long call spreads in YHOO; Jon Najarian is long call spreads in SBUX; Jon Najarian is long call spreads in ZNGA; Jon Najarian is long call spreads in MCP; Jon Najarian is long call spreads in UA; Jon Najarian is long CIGX; Jon Najarian is long DDMG; Jon Najarian is long CBOE; Jon Najarian is long CME; Stephen Weiss is long JPM; Stephen Weiss is short BAC; Stephen Weiss is short FCX; Stephen Weiss is short CAT; Stephen Weiss is short CHK; Stephen Weiss is short JCP

For Mark Mahaney
Citigroup is a market maker in GRPN

For John Frankel
Nothing to disclose

For Eric Jackson
Eric Jackson is long YHOO

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