A widely respected Wall Street strategist on Monday placed Fannie Mae alongside stock market titans General Electric Co., Microsoft Corp., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as one of the few sure bets for 1998.

"This is a time when we have to focus on individual stocks," said A. Marshall Acuff, equity strategist with Salomon Smith Barney. "The key is on consistency of growth, and Fannie Mae has delivered for the last 10 years."

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