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Bring Your Rifle for Bear Season

By Roger S. Conrad, on Jan. 29, 2016

Over the past year, we’ve warned of the growing risk that the S&P 500 could suffer a bear-market correction in 2016, citing an overly optimistic consensus outlook for US economic growth, narrowing market leadership and deterioration in other technical indicators.

Investors who own energy and mining stocks have already suffered a bear-market mauling. Thus far in 2016, the S&P 500 has also suffered its fair share of down days, giving up 7.8 percent of its value. The Nasdaq Composite Index also tumbled by more than 10 percent this year.

Unfortunately, our outlook calls for more pain. But bear markets also create opportunities for savvy investors to buy high-quality names at favorable valuations. Our table highlights a few of our favorites to buy at the right price.

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