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Buy Stocks Ahead of Earnings: Managing Director


Stocks struggled Wednesday following a round of tepid jobs reports. Can the rally continue? Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities and CNBC market analyst and Joseph Greco, managing director at Meridian Equity Partners shared their outlooks.

Word on the Street

“I don’t think [the rally] is going to stop, but it may slow,” Greco told CNBC. “I’ve been cautious of late, but I think we’re on a little bit of solid footing and that’s building a nice base.”

In the meantime, Charlop told investors to get on board ahead of earnings.

“We haven’t seen any major negative earnings guidance so there’s no weakness to suspect that we won’t meet expectations here ... and possibly exceed,” he explained.

“At 13 to 14 times earnings with zero percent interest, a lot of these companies are carrying wealth and dividends at 3 to 5 percent ... American equities continue to be a place to be," Charlop added.

Charlop expects the S&P 500 at 1,200 to 1,250 by year-end.

Scorecard—What They Said:

  • Charlop's Previous Appearance on CNBC (Sept. 29, 2010)
  • Greco's Previous Appearance on CNBC (Oct. 5, 2010)

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