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Jeremy Siegel: Dow 17,000 ‘Very, Very Attainable’

Investors looking to get back into the market in October could push the Dow Jones Industrial Average even higher, Wharton School finance professor Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Monday.

“Going to the 15,000 level, which a few months ago people were very skeptical of that, we’re talking about the end of 2013. We only need to go up 10 percent from current levels. I’m not saying it’s a slam-dunk. Nothing’s a slam-dunk in the market. Odds are 3-to-2-to-1 on that,” he said on “Fast Money.”

Siegel, whose bullish prediction made headlines earlier this year, said Dow 17,000 was even more likely now.

“The 17,000, when I first gave the prediction late last March, I said it was a 50-50 proposition. But I think that that’s a goal that is very, very attainable given the market circumstances,” he said. “That’s what the statistics show, that there was almost a 50 percent chance on past historical valuations and periods that the market would reach that 17,000 by the end of next year.”

Since March 2009 lows, the S&P was up 116 percent, the Dow was up 107 percent and the Nasdaq was up 150 percent.

(Read More: Jeremy Siegel: Dow Could Hit 17,000 Next Year)

Siegel suggested that those who missed the stock market rally could provide another boost.

“When you take a look equity positions of a lot of money managers, they’re still underinvested in stocks. Remember the old saying, ‘Sell in May and go away’? It worked for two years. A lot of people did that,” he said. “They want to come in again in October, and they find themselves way behind the 8-ball given this summer rally.”

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