Pops: Bank of America, AT&T...

Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Bank Of America and AT&T popped while eBay and Pepsico dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

Bank Of America (BAC) popped 11%. The firm was one of 9 banks selected by the federal government as a strategic backstop in the credit crisis. – That’s the right direction, says Karen Finerman.

AT& T (T) popped 12%. Wal-Mart and Circuit City both agreed to sell the company's new TV and high-speed Internet service. – Communications could lead us out of this mess, muses Zach Karabell.

Peabody Energy (BTU) popped 11%. The largest US coal producer increased its 2008 earnings forecast. – I thought their numbers were impressive, says Pete Najarian.

Chesapeake Energy (CHK) popped 24%. The nation’s largest producer of natural gas climbed on the belief that the approaching winter could put a floor underneath gas prices. – It’s a stock worth watching, says Joe Terranova.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) popped 10%. Strong sales of graphics and microprocessor chips led the company to report a smaller than expected loss. – Interesting, says Pete Najarian.

Wells Fargo (WFC) popped 13%. Another one of the nine banks selected by the government as best of breed and Warren Buffett holds its shares. – Good for them, says Karen Finerman.

National-Oilwell Varco (NOV) popped 9%. Investors bid this stock higher on the belief that oil exploration will attract new investments. – I like it with a stop at $26, says Joe Terranova. I think it could go to $40.

United Health Group (UNH) popped 41%. Goldman Sachs upgraded the company to Buy from Neutral. – Giddyup, exclaims Pete Najarian.

DROPS (stocks that slid lower)

General Electric (GE) dropped 8%. The conglomerate hit its lowest price in a decade this week for no clear reason. – You just never know what’s going to happen in this market, says Joe Terranova.

eBay (EBAY) dropped 8%. The auction site warned that a slowdown in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the company well into 2009. – The Street really didn’t like what they had to say, explains Karen Finerman.

Pepsico (PEP) dropped 6%. The soft drink maker disappointed the Street and said it needed to cut jobs. – I just think it’s a troubled quarter, nothing more, says Zach Karabell.

ING (ING) dropped 31%. The Dutch banker dropped on speculation that it would have to raise more capital along. – Should we be stunned and flabbergasted? It's a bank, says Zach Karabell.

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