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BofA’s 10 Defensive and Yield Stock Picks for 2013

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has issued more picks and a macro-investment strategy for 2013, and the message is rather clear: Be selective and position defensively. The firm said that it sees a December rally carrying over into January, but it also said that there is the risk of a deep correction in 2013.

Bank of America’s team sees a rise in 2013 or for a volatility spike in the VIX and the Global Financial Stress Index. Its report said, “As a result, we are becoming more selective and leaning toward attractive yielding equities and defensive sectors.” In short, those defensive stocks and high-paying dividends are where the firm is looking. It also said, “We expect the S&P 500 to reach the 1500 area, which is the range of the 2007- 2008 highs. But as we enter 2013, there is the risk of a 10-15% correction.”

So, here are themes and picks: Water is a new theme (something probably a bit late); health care and consumer staples are favored, along with telecom, utilities, mega-caps and yield.

Ten stock picks for 2013 with an average yield of 3.8%:

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