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Forget DC — Earnings Will Drive Markets Up: Strategist

How are events in Washington affecting the markets and Wall Street? Bruce Kasman, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan, and Erik Ogard, director at Russell Investment Group, shared their insights.

Bernanke, Obama & the Markets

“We have more fear and psychology driving things right now than actual earnings,” Ogard told CNBC.

“If you look at the earnings picture, it’s very favorable.”

Ogard believes earnings are going to be up this year compared to last year — and will eventually drive the markets.

He praised Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke as "a fine chairman."

"He’s done a wonderful job and he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for orchestrating a wonderful policy initiative to save the economy and the markets,” Ogard said.

In the meantime, Kasman agreed that earnings are going to be stronger this year, and said the current Fed funds rate is building support for the markets.

“The key question is whether the private sector can get enough lift over the next 6 to 12 months,” he said. “I think that’s likely to happen — and the earnings story is going to be a big part of it.”

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No immediate information was available for Kasman or Ogard.