The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 5.25%--but left the door open for increases--if inflation persists. CNBC's Erin Burnett had two investment strategists, Bob Doll and Charles Reinhard, on “Street Signs” today. Both men gave their post-Fed meeting predictions for 2007.
Reinhard’s the director of portfolio strategy at Lehman Brothers Asset Management. He’s predicting a 14,000 Dow and 1,600 S&P for next year – as long as the Fed holds on rate changes or makes a cut.
Doll, the vice chairman and global chief investment officer at Blackrock, is less enthusiastic about 2007. A slowing economy and smaller earnings growth will keep the Dow closer to 13,300.
Both analysts agreed that energy is worth buying into. The stocks are cheap, and the supply-demand problem isn’t solved yet. Cold weather is sure to boost shares prices as well.
Doll also thinks health care is a strong pick for 2007. The November U.S. elections threw a bit of cold water on these stocks, but they have the ability to grow despite a slowing economy. Dolls says there’s a chance this sector could see double-digit growth next year.