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Retail Round-Up: Walmart, Saks & More

The traders were closely watching the action in retail after a slew of catalysts emerged that could move the market. What must you know?

Walmart

The Catalyst:Walmart raised its profit forecast and second quarter earnings topped analyst estimates.

What’s the trade?

Karen Finerman tells the desk that she’s long but so far the stock has flat-lined.

Stephen Weiss thinks Walmart is in a tough place. Low cost shoppers go to the dollar stores and higher end prefer Target.

Joe Terranova thinks the better play is long Costco in part because they appeal to a higher-end consumer.

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Saks

The Catalyst: Saks reported a narrower than expected loss. but, the stock dropped after CEO Steve Sadove said he's approaching the fall season 'a bit more cautiously'.

What’s the trade?

Karen Finerman thinks the stock market is spooking the higher end and that’s a problem for retailers such as Saks .

Joe Terranova believes higher end retailers may be caught in trading ranges. “Lululemon may be stuck between $50-$60,” he says.

Dan Nathan is skeptical of the high-end. “I’d be careful in the space,” he says. “The chart of Lululemon looks broken.”

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Lowe’s Vs. Home Depot

The Catalyst: Home Depot appears to be eating Lowes's lunch. Home Depot topped earnings estimates while Lowe's missed.

What’s the trade?

Brian Kelly thinks the customer experience has improved significantly at Home Depot and suggests that may have something to do with the gains.





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Trader disclosure: On Aug 16th 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Nathan owns (AAPL) calls; Nathan owns (BAC) puts; Nathan owns (DELL) puts; Nathan owns (JPM) puts; Nathan owns (AAPL) calls; Finerman and Finerman’s firm own (AAPL); Finerman owns (BAC) and Finerman’s firm own (BAC) leaps; Finerman’s firm owns (CAT) calls; Finerman’s firm owns (WAL); Finerman’s firm owns (MSFT); Finerman’s firm owns (IBM); Finerman’s firm owns (HPQ) and (HPQ) puts; Finerman owns (JPM) and Finerman’s firm owns (JPM) stock and (JPM) leaps; Finerman's Firm Is Short (IWR); Finerman's Firm Is Short (MDY); Finerman's Firm Is Short (XRT); Finerman's Firm Is Short (SPY); Finerman's Firm Is Long S&P 500 Puts; Finerman's Firm Is Long Russell 2000 Puts; Terranova owns (XOM); Terranova owns (CVI); Terranova owns (CAT); Terranova owns (OXY); Terranova owns (AAPL); Terranova owns (DAR); Terranova owns (FCX); Terranova owns (CACI); Terranova owns (ARUN); Terranova owns (ORCL); Terranova owns (EMC); Terranova owns (NCR); Terranova owns (VMW); Terranova owns (IBM); Terranova owns (AMZN); Terranova owns (LULU); Terranova owns (LTD); Terranova owns (WFM); Terranova owns (JPM); Terranova owns (AXP); Terranova owns (FXA); Terranova owns (VRTS); Terranova owns (LQD)

For Joe Terranova
Terranova is Chief Market Strategist of Virtus Investment Partners, LTD
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (ABAX)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (AMKR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of Building Materials Holdings
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (CASS)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (CSVI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (EXR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (FCFS)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (KRC)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (LDR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (LHO)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (NRCI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DBV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (RLI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLP)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLE)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLF)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLK)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLU)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (SUBK)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (WDFC)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (YDNT)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of Domino's Pizza UK & IRL PLC

For Mike Khouw
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (NFLX)
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (GOOG)
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (AAPL)
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (BAC)
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (AMZN)
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (CBOE)
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (WFC)
Cantor Fitzgerald is a market maker in (IBM)

For Dennis Gartman
Funds Managed By Dennis Gartman and Dennis Gartman own Gold

For Brian Kelly
Accounts managed by Brian Kelly Capital short (SLV) calls
Accounts managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (JJG)
Accounts managed by Brian Kelly Capital long (TLT) calls
Accounts managed by Brian Kelly Capital own (SPY) calls
Accounts managed by Brian Kelly Capital are short the British Pound

For Peter Misek
Jefferies makes a market in Apple Inc.
Jefferies makes a market in Google, Inc.
Jefferies makes a market in Research in Motion, Inc.

For Rich Repetto
** No disclosures

For David Greenberg
** No disclosures

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