Fluor Corp (FLR) popped 4%. The firm acquired two European engineering companies; the move is expected to help increase global presence. – I think you’ve got to love engineering firms in the President-elect Obama environment, says Karen Finerman.
Wachovia Paydays. Despite losing $33 billion in the last two quarters and being forced to sell itself to Wells Fargo, ten top executives at Wachovia may get an estimated $98 million in severance. In an SEC filing this week, Wachovia said the executives would receive severance under their employment agreement if the merger closes by December 31st. Wachovia also said a closing would entitle its 11 executive officers to $2.5 million in equity based awards. – I would have run them into the ground for $50 million, exclaims Jeff Macke.
UAL Corp. (UAUA) popped 24%. The parent of United Airlines said on Tuesday it had altered its deal with its largest credit card processor, suspending a requirement to maintain additional cash reserves if its balance falls below $2.5 billion. – Who knew, says Jeff Macke.
Sallie Mae (SLM) popped 22%. The biggest US student lender popped after the Fed revealed its newest bailout plan.
Dollar Tree (DLTR) popped 9%. Third-quarter profits beat estimates and the company raised its 20009 guidance.
General Growth Properties (GGP) popped 36%. Billionaire investor Bill Ackman bought a 20% stake in the company.
E*Trade Financial (ETFC) popped 50%. Although the online brokerage firm has suffered tremendous losses this year due to bad home-equity loans, it said it’s “optimistic” it will receive funds from TARP.
Citi Trends (CTRN) popped 34%. The clothing retailer reported a third quarter loss that was less than analysts has expected.
DROPS (stocks that slid lower)
Research In Motion (RIMM) dropped 8%. A research firm said it expects cellphone sales to fall next year as the economic slowdown hurts demand. – It seems like investors buy this stock at $40 and get out around $45, counsels Pete Najarian.
General Motors (GM) dropped 1%. Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan analysts both said the company must cut debt and labor costs in order to survive. – Now there’s insight, says Guy Adami sarcastically.
Starbucks (SBUX) dropped 2%. The coffee chain said it expects sales to continue to be negative through the end of the year.
Legg Mason (LM) dropped 2%. Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. analyst Matt Snowling cut his rating on Legg Mason to "Underperform" from "Market Perform" and slashed his price target to $11 from $18.
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Trader disclosure: On Nov.25, 2008, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Adami Owns (AGU), (BTU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE); Macke Owns (MSFT), (WMT), (UUP); Macke Is Short (TM); Najarian Owns (CTX) Calls; Najarian Owns (ETFC); Najarian Owns (MOT) Calls; Najarian Owns (PHM) Put Spread; Najarian Owns (PRU) Calls; Najarian Owns (UYG) Calls; Finerman's Firm Owns (DNA) And (DNA) Calls; Finerman's Firm Owns (CSCO), (XLF), (MSFT); Finerman's Firm Is Short (USO), (IYR), (IJR), (MDY), (SPY), (IWM)
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