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Volatility will continue, how to play it: Pros

Volatility forces decisions: Trader

Expect volatility to stick around for a while, although the market is acting like it is in a bottoming phase, pros told CNBC Thursday.

"We think [volatility is] healthy for the market," John Stoltzfus, managing director and chief market strategist at Oppenheimer, said in an interview with "Closing Bell."

"If anything that bottoming phase could be longer than shorter."

The Dow Jones industrial average has seen a trading range of 200 or more points every day so far this year.

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"What we learned over the last few years is that volatility tends to create opportunities as well as indicate risk," Stoltzfus said.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Ben Willis, senior floor broker with Princeton Securities Group, loves the volatility.

"This volatility has been fabulous. It makes people make a decision, and you have a pretty large bandwidth to make a decision in, though," he said.

Willis expects the roller coaster to continue until the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, which could possibly be in March or June.

So how are they playing it?

Stoltzfus wants to own technology, industrials, materials and consumer discretionary.

"I want to be exposed to the cyclical because I'm looking for this economic expansion in the U.S. to continue and an economic recovery to begin in Europe," he said.

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Willis also likes cyclicals and said he's seeing a lot of interest in infrastructure technology.

"There's got to be some cherrypicking in the energy sector with what's going on, but it's been a very costly place to be if you haven't made wise choices," he added.