With the broad S&P 500 back above 2,700, the path to 2,800 is set to be slow and choppy.

That's the assessment from Oliver Pursche, chief market strategist at Bruderman Brothers with $1.4 billion in assets under management.

Pursche is fond of Home Depot (HD) shares, which is about to enter a cyclically strong season and is a fan of the nearly 5% dividend yield of Verizon Communications (VZ) .

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