The "Fast Money" traders debated whether to buy the dip in retail stocks, many of which had tough trading sessions on Friday.
While consumers do spend a lot during the holiday season, trader Tim Seymour said that corporate structural issues are even more evident during times of high demand.
The department stores seem to be the hardest hit, trader Karen Finerman said. She also said that there seems to be concern about a potential border tax, which is inordinately punishing the department store stocks.
Trader Steve Grasso said that proposed import taxes could potentially become a bigger headwind than the benefits of corporate tax cuts. While it's not clear which force will prevail in retail, Grasso argued that investors who want to buy into the retail sector should look at Amazon.
Tim Seymour is long ABX, APC, AVP, BAC, BBRY, C, CLF, CVX, DO, DVYE, EDC, EWN, EWZ, F, FB, FCX, FXI, GM, GOOGL, GE, INTC, LQD,MCD, MUR, OIH, PG, RACE, RAI, RH, RL, SINA, SQ,T, TWTR, VALE, VZ, XOM, short: EEM, SPY, XRT. His firm is long ABX, BABA, BIDU, CBD, CLF, EEM, EWZ, F, KO, MCD, MPEL, NKE, PEP, PF, TCEHY, SAVE, SBUX, SINA, VALE, VIAB, WMT, WEN, X, YHOO, short EWG, HYG, IWM
Karen Finerman is long AAL, BAC, BAC short calls, C, DAL, FB, FL, GLMP,, GOGO, GOOG, GOOGL, JPM, LYV, KORS, KORS calls, KORS puts, M, MA, SEDG, SPY puts, TACO, UAL, URI, WIFI long call spreads. Her firm is long ANTM, AAPL, BAC, C, C calls, FB, GOOG, GOOGL, JPM, JPM calls, KORS, LYV, M, MOH, PLCE, SPY puts, URI, WIFI. Her firm is short IWM, MDY. Finerman is on the board of GrafTech International.
Steve Grasso's firm is long: VIRT, WDR, FCX, ICE, KDUS, MAT, MJNA, NE, OLN, RIG, TAXI, TITXF, WDR, ZNGA, CUBA, HSPO, ICE, MJNA, TITXF, AGN, BIIB, REGN, SPY, GLD. Grasso is long: BA, CC, CHK, EEM, EVGN, GDX, KBH, MJNA, MON, MU, OLN, PFE, PHM, SPY, SQ, T, TWTR. Grasso's children own: EFA, EFG, EWJ, IJR, SPY. No shorts.
Guy Adami is long CELG, EXAS, GDX, INTC. Adami's wife, Linda Snow, works at Merck.