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Rally? Odds are against it: Strategist

The stock market rally appears headed for a slowdown, Citi Private Bank Global Chief Strategist Steven Wieting said Wednesday.

"We've had maybe six years since World War II where returns have been 28 percent or more. We had a 14 percent first half. The odds are just against it," he said. "And there are some signs of complacency in the market on a very short-term basis."

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day at 15,337.66, down 113 points. The S&P 500 closed lower at 1,685.39.

(Read more: Stocks slump on Fed uncertainty; Apple jumps 2 percent)

On CNBC's "Fast Money," Weiting noted the correlation of earnings to stock prices.

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"I think the thing that isn't talked about much, though, is that we're pretty close to record highs," he said. "Earnings are deep in record-high levels in the S&P 500. We think that this year earnings for the S&P 500 will be 30 percent higher than where they were in 2007.

"This time, the business cycle recovery isn't over. We're right here, about 7 percent higher than where we were at 2007 level. "

Quantitative easing, Wieting added, had an effect on stock pricing.

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"So, for all of the talk of QE impact, valuation has actually fallen in the age of QE," he said. "And so aside from short-term issues, we would allocate to equities very clearly over fixed-income for the year ahead, even if returns are not as robust."

By CNBC's Bruno J. Navarro. Follow him on Twitter @Bruno_J_Navarro.

— CNBC's Torrey Kleinman contributed research to this report.

Trader disclosure: On Aug. 14, 2013, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC's "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders: Steve Grasso is funds long FCX; Steve Grasso is funds long MU; Steve Grasso is long BA; Steve Grasso is long BAC; Steve Grasso is long BBRY; Steve Grasso is long GDX; Steve Grasso is long GOOG; Steve Grasso is long HERO; Steve Grasso is long HPQ; Steve Grasso is long MHY; Steve Grasso is long LNG; Steve Grasso is long MJNA; Steve Grasso is long NVIV; Steve Grasso is long PFE; Steve Grasso is long QCOM; Steve Grasso is long S; Steve Grasso is long ASTM; Steve Grasso is long POT; Steve Grasso is long DECK; Karen Finerman is long AAPL; Karen Finerman is long BAC; Karen Finerman is long C; Karen Finerman is long TGT; Karen Finerman is long GOOG; Karen Finerman is long M; Karen Finerman is long SPY; Karen Finerman is long MDY PUTS; Dan Nathan is long FB; Dan Nathan is long JCP; Dan Nathan is long WFM; Dan Nathan is long XCO; Dan Nathan is long VIX; Dan Nathan is short IWM; Brian Kelly is long US dollar; Brian Kelly is short Yen T-Notes.

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