Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Time Warner Cable and Textron popped while TJX and Monsanto dropped.
POPS (stocks that jumped higher)
Time Warner Cable (TWC) popped 10%. Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett said the cable operator is expected to announce a dividend of at least $1.50 a share in early 2010, which would represent at least a 3.5% yield. - I think it continues to go higher, says Guy Adami.
Textron (TXT) popped 7%. Investors bid this name higher on speculation of a takeover. - Keep an eye on this one, counsels Pete Najarian.
Baidu (BIDU) popped 14%. Investors believe this company stands to benefit after rival Google accused China of hacking into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. - Whether Google leaves or not, Baidu benefits, muses Tim Seymour.
DROPS (stocks that slid lower)
TJX (TJX) dropped 4%. Retailers fell broadly after new data showed sales fell in December, the first decline in three months and a surprising dip during the holiday shopping season. - I like this stock, says Karen Finerman.
Monsanto (MON) dropped 6%. The latest crops report showed record yields, which in turn drove down prices, and that leaves farmers with less money to buy fertilizer. - I like this stock at $81, says Guy Adami.
Alcoa (AA) dropped 9%. The aluminum maker kicked off earnings season with a dud by missing expectations. - I expect it to go higher, says Tim Seymour.
Texas Instruments (TXN) dropped 7%. After Intel earnings blew past expectations but still failed to lift the stock, investors took profits in this rival chipmaker.
C.R. Bard (BCR) popped 3%. Word that the House and Senate may be close to merging their health care bills sent this stock higher.
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Trader disclosure: On Jan 15th, 2010, 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 (AAPL), (AET), (BAC), (INTC), (VIP); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), (MDY), (SPY), (IWM), (USO); Finerman Owns (AAPL); Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC), (BAC) Leaps; Finerman Owns (BAC) Preferred, (BAC); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (GOOG); Finerman's Firm Owns (MSFT), (NOK); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (WFC) Preferred; Pete Najarian Owns (CELG); Pete Najarian Owns (FCX), Is Short (FCX) Calls; Pete Najarian Owns (HUM) Call Spread; Pete Najarian Owns (MS); Pete Najarian Owns (PFE); Pete Najarian Owns (QCOM) Calls; Pete Najarian Owns (TEVA); Pete Najarian Owns (TXT) Call Spread; Pete Najarian Owns (XLF) Calls
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