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Best Trades Now: Real Estate & Feel-Good Stocks

To give investors an edge in a holiday-shortened week of trading, CNBC asked the experts for their best trades now.

Global Real Estate Plays

“These are times when you have to focus on quality companies that own quality assets that have very sound balance sheets.”

- Joe Rodriguez, AIM Global Real Estate Fund Lead Manager

Rodriguez likes: SL Green Realty , Simon Property Group , Equity Residential and Essex Property Trust .

Holiday Stock Picks

“People may not be buying Starbucks, but they’re still buying mineral-based makeup, and this [Bare Escentuals ] is the creator of mineral-based makeup and skin-care products. They’re growing quickly. We expect 25 percent revenue and earnings growth over the next two years.”

- Paul Noglows, Lazard Capital Markets Director of Research

Noglows also likes: Activision , Intuitive Surgical and Seaspan .

Feel-Good Stock Picks

Regis Corp. , which owns Hair Club for Men and Women, also Hair Cutters, Cost Cutters, Supercuts, this company has fallen 33 percent from a 52-week high…their sales are still up year-over-year 5 percent, so people are still getting their hair cut…it’s looking pretty strong in this down market.”

- Brent Wilsey, Wilsey Asset Management President

Wilsey also likes: Cynosure, USANA Health Sciences, Palomar Medical Tech. and Lifetime Fitness.

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