Pops & Drops: Sprint, Potash...

Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of E Trade and Sprint popped while Potash and Sallie Mae dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

E Trade Financial (ETFC) popped 7%. Citi upgraded the stock to ‘buy’ from ‘hold,’ citing its stronger balance sheet and a possible deal with TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab. - I think it's an option with no time expiration, says Guy Adami, but I would not buy it.

Sprint Nextel (S) popped 10%. Investors bid the stock higher on speculation Deutsche Telekom is in talks to purchase the company. However, CNBC's David Faber says the companies are not in merger talks. - I'd keep an eye on this one, says Pete Najarian.

CONSOL Energy (CNX) popped 5%. A favorable Barron’s article said improving global demand could boost this stock even higher. - Don't be afraid of the coal stocks, counsels Joe Terranova.

Tenet Healthcare (THC) popped 5%. The hospital operator raised its 2009 forecast and reported better than expected earnings. - Nice pop, says Karen Finerman.

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) popped 8%. BofA/Merrill upgraded the stock to ‘buy’ from ‘neutral’ citing Macau operations and low expectations. - I told investors to buy when the stock was $10, reminds Guy Adami.

Baidu (BIDU) popped 3%. Goldman Sachs upped its price target on this stock to $455 from $376. - They're the Google of China, says Pete Najarian. Giddyup!

FLIR Systems (FLIR) popped 6%. Last week shares closed above their 200-day moving average; that’s a bullish technical sign.

DROPS (stocks that slid lower)

Potash (POT) dropped 1%. Citi downgraded this fertilizer company and a rival to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’. - If the space continues to move lower, I'd own it for potential M&A, counsels Joe Terranova.

Sallie Mae (SLM) dropped 5%. Fitch downgraded SLB debt to "BBB-" from "BBB" - still investment grade - while preferred stock was downgraded to "BB" from "BB+" which are each below investment grade or "junk" ratings.




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Trader disclosure: On Sept. 14, 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); Finerman Owns (PDE), (RIG); Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC) Preferred Shares, Finerman Owns (BAC) Preferred Shares And Owns (BAC); Finerman's Firm Owns (WFC) Preferred Shares And Is Short (WFC); Finerman Owns (WFC) Preferred Shares; Finerman's Firm Owns (WMT), (RIG), (MSFT), (NOK), (PBR), (PDE), (SYK), (FLIR); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IJR), (MDY), (SPY), (IWM), (USO); Najarian Owns (AAPL) & Short (AAPL) Calls; Najarian Owns (BAC) & Short (BAC) Calls; Najarian Owns (BUCY) & Short (BUCY) Calls; Najarian Owns (C) Calls; Najarian Owns (FCX), Owns (FCX) Put, Is Short (FCX) Calls; Najarian Owns (JPM) & Is Short (JPM) Calls; Najarian Owns (JOYG) & Short (JOYG) Calls; Najarian Owns (MS) And Is Short (MS) Call; Najarian Owns (MSFT) And Is Short (MSFT) Call; Najarian Owns (PALM) Calls; Najarian Owns (RIMM) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (TEVA); Najarian Owns (V) & Short (V) Calls; Najarian Owns (WFC) Put Spread; Najarian Owns (YHOO) Calls ; Najarian Owns (DNDN) Calls; Najarian Owns (HOLX) Calls; Terranova Owns December Gold Futures; Terranova Is Short (CCL); Terranova Works For (VRTS)

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