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Pops & Drops: Geron, Wells Fargo...

Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Geron and Wells Fargo popped while HSBC and Proctor & Gamble dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

Geron (GERN) popped 16%. This California firm along with other stem-cell companies popped after Obama lifted the ban on stem-cell research funding, which could results in millions for the labs. - Always remember you're playing something that could happen way out in the future, says Pete Najarian.

Rohm & Haas (ROH) popped 17%. Although it wasn't announced until after hours, all day traders speculated that Dow Chemical would agree to go through with its purchase of the company. - That explains the pop, chuckles Karen Finerman.

General Electric (GE) popped 5%. The conglomerate said another FDIC bond offering is in the works, which will help pay down outstanding debt. - This stock seems to be coming back, says Zach Karabell.

Wells Fargo (WFC) popped 16%. The bank moved higher after announcing a 85% cut in its dividend last week. - It's profitable to be a bank right now, reminds Karen Finerman.

Halliburton (HAL) popped 4%. FBR raised its rating on the company to ‘Outperform,’ saying the services providers are good bets during a slump in oil and gas markets. - If oil prices tick higher this stock should too, muses Tim Seymour.

Caterpillar (CAT) popped 3%. The world’s largest maker of construction equipment popped as industrial stocks in general showed strength. - It could be a sign of business turning up, adds Zach Karabell.

JetBlue (JBLU) popped 3%. Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to ‘Overweight.’ - You've got to like that, exclaims Pete Najarian.

Proshares Ultrashort 20+ YR Treasury ETF (TBT) popped 1%. The ETF that corresponds to the inverse of Treasuries popped as Treasuries fell ahead of the government’s sale of $63 billion in notes and bonds. - I'm thinking there's a lot of supply of Treasuries coming on the market and I'm staying long, says Karen Finerman.

DROPS (stocks that slid lower)

HSBC Holdings (HBC) dropped 5%. The bank dropped after Lloyd’s gave the UK government an increased stake in return for insurance of 260 billion pounds of assets. - They are plagued by their US housing loans, adds Tim Seymour.

Proctor & Gamble (PG) dropped 3%. The world’s biggest consumer-products maker dropped after its president of global business units, Susan Arnold, announced her retirement. - This stock is trading near its 52-week low, says Pete Najarian

Aflac (AFL) dropped 14%. UBS downgraded the company to “Sell” from “Neutral.”

Google (GOOG) dropped 6%. Silicon Alley Insider Henry Blodget said Internet search engine growth is declining; also Google’s revenue has been rapidly decelerating.




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