Top managers give under-the-radar earnings picks

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As the third-quarter earnings season gets underway, CNBC Pro reached out to some leading investors who are part of the "Squawk Box" Platinum Portfolio to find out what they are betting on in the weeks ahead.

Companies in the S&P 500 are expected to post a 4 percent profit decline, the first such quarterly decrease since 2009.

So investors may have to go a little deeper under the radar to find some successful earnings plays.

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