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RICHARD BERSTEIN

Richard Bernstein is chief U.S. strategist at Merrill Lynch & Co. Expecting the general market to be flat, he favors dividend-paying stocks and companies with reliable earnings.

  Bernstein's 2006 Picks
COMPANY SYMBOL PRICE* P-E RATIO**
American International Group AIG 66.02 12
BellSouth BLS 27.61 14
Consolidated Edison ED 45.46 15
Emerson Electric EMR 76.21 19
Merck MRK 29.13 12
Procter & Gamble PG 57.33 22
Xerox XRX 14.53 14
NOTE: PANELISTS, OR THEIR FIRMS, HAVE FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN MANY OF THESE STOCKS.  
*PRICE AS OF DEC. 9  
**BASED ON FORECAST EARNINGS FOR FISCAL 2006  
Data: Bloomberg Financial Markets, I/B/E/S
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