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The oil sector offers attractive investment opportunities, strategists told CNBC Friday. But both disagreed over whether established oil majors like BP or growth stocks like Suncor were the best way to play the sector.
The Asian banking sector is the place to put your money at the moment, two fund managers told CNBC Friday.
Minho Roth, co-founder and fund manager of FiveT Capital is bullish on well-capitalized banks like commercial Korean bank, Kookmin.
Wenli Tan, Morningstar mutual fund analyst, says playing funds is safer than playing stock directly -- and just might be the way to beat a bear market.
Tan offered her top names to CNBC.
Some funds mentioned:
- BlackRock Global Allocation Fund:
plays on various BlackRock strategies.
- Pimco All-Asset:
a "fund of funds," strictly invests in other Pimco-managed assets.
- Hussman Strategic Growth
Disclosure information was not available for Tan or her company.
International tobacco is the way to go for investors who want to keep their money safe in this volatile economy, says Charles Norton, co-portfolio manager at Vice Fund.
Ronald Weiner, president and CEO of the RDM Financial Group, says his two favorite stock picks are in the defense and energy sectors.
Trace Urdan, managing director at Signal Hill, and Dana Telsey, founder and retail analyst at Telsey Advisory Group, said that despite the slowdown in most back-to-school stocks, some sectors are looking bullish.
The options market continues to boil on the outlook for the financial sector and market volatility in general, according to Rebecca Darst of Interactive Brokers. And one pharamceutical company is drawing attention as well.
Options traders are "looking for downside from current levels," she said Thursday morning on CNBC. There has been specific action on Merrill Lynch , Bank of America , and Well Fargo , she said. (See video for her full comments).
Geert-Jan Nikken at Rabobank said investors should look into buying shares in European semiconductors and multimedia companies.
ASML -- “If you take a look at the stock from a technical perspective, I think there’s still more upside room for the stock.”
Michael Gaugler, senior vice president at Brean Murray, Carret & Co., and Neil Berlant, portfolio manager at PFW Water Fund said investing in water manufacturing and pipeline company stocks are the way to go.
“We’re typically looking for the technology and infrastructure plays,” said Gaugler.
"I look at water a bit more globally," said Berlant.