Sears (SHLD) popped 4%. The largest US department store closed higher despite a credit rating cut at Moody’s yesterday. - I'm skeptical, says Karen Finerman. I'd stay away.
International Paper (IP) popped 12%. The world’s largest maker of cardboard boxes said its received over $70 million in alternative fuel tax credits, and it will continue to submit refund claims. - A JPMorgan analyst called this, says Guy Adami.
Baidu (BIDU) popped 3%. China’s largest search engine soared on a positive note from Deutsche Bank, initiating a ‘buy" rating. - The Deutsche analyst also said the stock could grow through 2012, adds Pete Najarian.
Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) popped 13%. Citi upgraded the company to "Buy" and the upgrade wielded more influence with investors than its fourth-quarter loss.
DROPS (stocks that slid lower)
Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) dropped 9%. The maker of Sharpie and Paper Mate products cut its dividend by over 50% and said it will offer $250 million in notes to raise cash. - They could have a capitulation day as soon as Wednesday, speculates Guy Adami.
Under Armour (UA) dropped 13%. Morgan Stanley downgraded the company to “underweight” from “equal weight” citing its weak shoe launch and high valuation. - Some trimming is going on, says Pete Najarian.
Daimler AG (DAI) dropped 8%. Moody’s said it may still downgrade the company’s credit rating. - Their balance sheet looks to be in question, says Tim Seymour.
CME Group (CME) dropped 10%. Rival NYSE Euronext said it will cut fees on its European markets to fight increased competition. - Cutting fees in a business that's mostly driven by fees is not good, says Karen Finerman.
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Trader disclosure: On Mar. 24th, 2009, 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), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE), (BTU); Seymour Owns (MT), (BAC), (EEM), (FXI), (TTM), (BX); Finerman's Firm Owns (MSFT), (PBR), (RIG); Finerman's Firm Is Short (BBT), (WFC); Finerman's Firm Owns (DNA) Call Spread; Finerman's Firm Owns (WFC) Preferred; Najarian Owns (C) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (AGN) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (AAPL) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (BX) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (GS) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (GD) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (MS) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (POT) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (PALM) Stock & (PALM) Calls; Najarian Owns (TGT) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (XHB) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (SWY) Calls; Najarian Owns (MSFT) ; Najarian Owns (FIG)