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10 'quality' stocks ready to rip in this quarter

A trader wearing novelty glasses in the shape of champagne bottles works at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York.
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A trader wearing novelty glasses in the shape of champagne bottles works at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York.

The persistent low-growth economy and morphing monetary policies mean investors should consider "quality" names with steady earnings and solid dividends, Bank of America Merrill Lynch warned clients on Friday.

"While our economists still see a low probability of a recession in the near-term, we are in the third-longest bull market in history, global growth remains sluggish and macro risks abound," wrote Savita Subramanian, equity and quant strategist at BofA Merrill Lynch.

"For investors concerned about a bear market, moving up the quality spectrum has historically provided some protection," she added.

So which specific stocks should investors buy now?

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