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Big Oil in Big Trouble?

Big oil could land in the spotlight this week.

In fact the Fast traders are preparing to hear from a slew of heavy hitters. Just take a look at the names on deck.

Wednesday: BP, Baker Hughes, ConocoPhilips, Hess
Thursday: Noble, Exxon
Friday: Chevron

But instead of the usual talk of refining margins and OPEC quotas, this time the earnings calls could sound more like campaign speeches.

On Tuesday President Obama challenged Congress to slash subsidies for the oil majors.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and others, the President said “High oil and gasoline prices are weighing on the minds and pocketbooks of every American family.”

“While there is no silver bullet to address rising gas prices in the short term, there are steps we can take to ensure the American people don’t fall victim to skyrocketing gas prices over the long term. One of those steps is to eliminate unwarranted tax breaks to the oil and gas industry and invest that revenue into clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," he wrote.

According to published reports, the President wants to eliminate a number of tax breaks that would generate, administration officials said, around $4 billion a year in additional revenue.

What’s the trade?

Joe Terranova suggests trading events longExxon and Occidental because he thinks the oil majors will feel compelled to return capital to shareholders.

Karen Finerman isn’t quite so sure. She can’t help but wonder if the oil companies spend more on exploration, if only to get some of the cash off the books.




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Trader disclosure: On April 26, 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Seymour owns (AAPL); Seymour owns (BX); Seymour owns (F); Seymour owns (GE); Seymour owns (INTC); Seymour owns (POT); Weiss owns (VZ); Weiss owns (QCOM); Weiss owns (NAV); Weiss owns (TCK); Weiss owns (UUP); Weiss owns (DVN); Weiss owns (COP); Weiss owns (BTU); Weiss owns (TBT); Weiss owns (NIHD); Weiss owns (MSFT); Weiss is short (X); Weiss is short (AKS); Terranova owns (JPM); Terranova owns (XOM); Terranova owns (OXY); Terranova owns (C); Terranova owns (VRTS); Terranova owns (BAX); Terranova owns (BX); Terranova owns (AKAM); Terranova owns (TCK); Terranova owns (HOC); Terranova owns (UPL)’ Terranova owns (V); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (AAPL); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (BP); Finerman owns (C); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (CMI); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (CVS); Finerman's firm owns (IBM); Finerman's firm owns (JPM) and (JPM) leaps; Finerman owns (JPM); Finerman and Finerman's firm own (MSFT); Finerman's firm owns (TGT); Finerman owns (UNG); Finerman owns (USO); Finerman's firm is short (IWM), (MDY), (SPY); Finerman's firm is long S&P 500 puts; Finerman's firm is long Russell 2000 puts

For Joe Terranova
Terranova is Chief Market Strategist of Virtus Investment Partners, LTD
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (ABAX)
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Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of DOMINO'S PIZZA UK & IRL PLC

Brian Kelly
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (GLD)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (EBAY)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (SLV)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (RDC)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (SU)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (LNQ)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (AGO)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (NLY)
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own euro futures
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own gold futures
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital are short yen
Accounts Managed by Brian Kelly Capital own natural gas futures

For Rich Ilczyszyn
**No Disclosures

For Andy Busch
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For Tony Wible SOT From 4/26/11 FMHR
Janney Montgomery Scott Is A Market Maker In (NFLX)
Janney Montgomery Scott May Seek Investment Banking Compensation From (NFLX) In Next 3 Months

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