Recap of CNBC's Fast Money, Wednesday May 28.
Macke said Nigerian rebels were a convenient excuse for oil to go higher, and that the upward trend will last. Guy Adami likes AMR and noted there is talk of a deal between UAL and U.S. Airways. Macke would sell the airline rally and Pete Najarian says oil will have to drop before airlines recover. Pete Najarian is bullish on natural gas and coal and likes ANR, CNX, MEE, EMN and SSL. Even though Germany has discussed cutting aid to solar, Najarian says FSLR and ENER look strong.
Dow Chemical announced it is raising prices 20% as raw materials rise. Najarian says he likes DD which has solar and agriculture exposure and is diversified. Adami would buy DD with a stop out below $46.75.
In spite of a $20 billion capital raising, AIG fell to a 10 year low, and Citigroup sliced the target price. Karen Finerman has given up on AIG and prefers C or XLF. Najarian discussed heavy put action in XLF, LEH, BAC and LM. Macke would buy financials on a big-volume day.
Ralph Lauren popped and Macke says this is based on low expectations. He emphasizes retail is a trade. Finerman cashed in on the rally and observed men’s clothing has been faring better than women’s apparel, but can’t account for the trend. Adami would consider UPS if energy prices become more stable.
Icahn Ups Dose of Amylin (AMLN)
Carl Icahn purchased more shares of AMLN, upping his stake to 6.5%, and Najarian is bullish and is confident Icahn will turn the company around.
Charity Begins at Home Depot (HD)
Director David Batchelder bought 3 million shares of HD. Guy Adami thinks the insider buying is a good sign and is bullish.
There is talk that Yahoo is considering MSFT’s buyout offer and Macke is dead set against the deal. Finerman said Yang gave in after having no choice and will likely submit to MSFT’s conditions.
Southwest’s Hedges: Southwest Airlines (LUV) CEO Gary Kelly
Kelly discussed Southwest’s hedging strategies to protect itself from rising oil. He reported the company is more than 70% hedged at $50 a barrel, and predicts in 2009 55% will be hedged at $55 a barrel. He says selling its hedges is unlikely. Macke thinks LUV is best of breed but doesn’t like the sector right now. Adami says airlines can be played as trading vehicles and Najarian said there is greater upside potential in airlines that have been feeling pain.
On KeyCorp’s 12% drop after underestimating bad loans, the group wondered if regional banks are going to suffer from subprime paper. Finerman said many of these banks moved into construction loan exposure, which was not a good strategy. Adami would buy USB when housing recovers, and likes its 5% dividend. Najarian disagrees and doesn’t see a significant upside in USB.
On the one hand, many expect an upside in Dell after job cuts and international expansion. However, the company has been hit with recent allegations of fraud and false advertising. Susquehanna Financial Market Strategist Stacey Gilbert thinks the stock could go 7% in either direction after its report, but predicts a rise. However, she prefers GLW and AAPL. Najarian added AKAM to the list.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting this weekend will focus on lung cancer, and CNBC Pharmaceuticals Reporter Mike Huckman expects to hear news from IMCL and from LLY about its Alimta drug. DNA also has a lung cancer treatment, and is expected to make an announcement about its breast cancer drug. CELG is also worth looking at, but its stock already jumped on a report two weeks ago. Other biotechs of interest include: OSIP, ELN and BIIB.
Trader Radar: JetBlue (JBLU) traded on extraordinary volume on Wednesday.
Retired General Barry McCaffrey discussed the possibility of seeing Iraqi oil on the market if the country passes a hydrocarbon sharing law and holds provincial elections. He predicts in 5 years, the country will be able to export oil. Najarian would trade the news with BHI and HAL, while Finerman would buy USO puts against long positions in oil services. Adami likes JEC and FLR.
Timothy Seymour discussed the problem of inflation spreading throughout emerging markets, and would look to Brazil as a save haven from inflation, since the currency is up 20% and the banks have real rates. He would play Brazil with PDA, UBB and SDA.
Final Trade: Macke: Sell Yahoo, Adami: Celgene, Finerman: WellPoint (WPT), Najarian: Amylin
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