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Pops & Drops: Merck, Monsanto...

Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Merck and Monsanto popped while Sony and the Semiconductor ETF dropped.

POPS (stocks that jumped higher)

Merck (MRK) popped 10%. The company reassured investors its cholesterol drugs will not be taken off shelves after a negative study; it also announced positive news on a new fertility drug. - Giddyup, exclaims Pete Najarian.

Regional Bank ETF (KRE) popped 3%. Despite weak fundamentals facing the sector, the chase for performance sent the regional bank sector broadly higher. - I think regional banks are a buy, counsels Streve Grasso.

Monsanto (MON) popped 9%. This and other ag names climbed after CNBC’s Jim Cramer said agriculture is the next sector that's ready to break out to the upside. - I'm a buyer at $73 and a seller at $80, says Joe Terranova.

Regions Financial (RF) popped 13%. This and other regional banks climbed on a growing belief that commercial real estate might be in better-than-expected shape.

Deere (DE) popped 7%. As we mentioned above, positive comments about ag from CNBC’s Jim Cramer had a profound impact on the entire sector.

DROPS (stocks that slid lower)

Sony (SNE) dropped 5%. Although the company revealed a new business strategy focused on more online content, investors were more focused on profitability targets which the company pushed back. - That's no good, says Karen Finerman. Their stock hit a 4-year low.

Semiconductor ETF (SMH) dropped 2%. Investors slammed the chip names earlier in the week after BofA downgraded 10 stocks in the sector. - I think the dip is an opportunity, says Pete Najarian.

Xinhua China Index ETF (FXI) dropped 2%. Beijing officials said growth in the country was not strong enough and the recovery will be uneven. - I'm a buyer of the dip, says Steve Grasso. I think the Beijing rhetoric was a head-fake and I fully expect to see more investors go into China in 2010.




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