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Keith McCullough: Sell Stocks, Now!

It seems a growing number of money managers are convinced the stock market has legs. But not Hedgeye’s Keith McCullough.

Around 11:45am on Thursday, he went short the S&P.

“In the end economic gravity matters and I expect growth will slow,” he says.

McCullough believes the global economy is facing strong headwinds such as the higher price of oil . In turn, he believes growth world-wide will be challenged.

In fact, McCullough argues that latest data out of Beijing confirms his thesis.

Foreign direct investment in China fell 8.7 percent in July, the government said on Thursday.

"The slowdown in world economic growth, increasing uncertainties and a lack of proper solution to the European debt crisis" were external factors contributing to the decline, said ministry spokesman Shen Danyang.

McCullough expects to hear similar commentary from elsewhere in the world, and not just in the near-term, but for a whole to come.

“We see poor growth as a protracted and structural thing. Therefore I see no reason for a rotation (to drive investors out of bonds and into stocks.)”

And without a meaningful rotation, McCullough sees no reason for the rally to endure.

Posted by CNBC's Lee Brodie

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