Trading Quarter's Big Winners & Losers

Stocks rallied to finish mixed Thursday with investors wondering what's next.

With the quarter drawing to a close on Friday, it's time to take a hard look at the Q1 winners and losers.

Quarter's Worst performers:
Alpha Natural -27%
Supervalu -27%
First Solar -26%
Electronic Arts -20%
Cabot -21%

Quarter's Best Performers:
Sears +112%
Bank Of America +70%
Netflix +65%
Whirlpool +60%
Salesforce - +53%

Should you stay with what's working, or play it for a rotation out of leaders and into laggards? How should you trade it?

Instant Insights with the Fast Money traders

Guy Adami says stick with what’s working. “There’s a reason why these stocks are under- performers. If they haven’t performed on this tape, when are they going to perform? The winners should continue to win.”

Trader Mike Murphy shares the view except for one stock. “I’m nibbling on Cabot Gas,” he reveals. “I think nat gas in the long term has huge upside, but if you do go into this trade, there are strong short term headwinds.”

Trader Tim Seymour is on the other side – he’s cautious of the winners. “Typically names that outperform in this kind of move - where we see a major allocation up – are terrible companies. They were the laggards last year.”


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Trader disclosure: On Mar 29, 2012, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Joe Terranova is long VRTS; Joe Terranova is long NXPI; Joe Terranova is long IBM; Joe Terranova is long MCD; Joe Terranova is long EMC; Joe Terranova is long MSFT; Joe Terranova is long JOY; Joe Terranova is long OXY; Joe Terranova is long LQD; Guy Adami is long C; Guy Adami is long GS; Guy Adami is long INTC; Guy Adami is long AGU; Guy Adami is long MSFT; Guy Adami is long NUE; Guy Adami is long BTU; Tim Seymour is long BAC; Tim Seymour is long INTC; Tim Seymour is long CSCO; Tim Seymour is long FCX; Michael Murphy is long AKS; Michael Murphy is long BAC; Michael Murphy is long AND; Michael Murphy is long JOY; Michael Murphy is long PHM; Michael Murphy is long LPX

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