Markets to Rise 11-14% by Year-End: Equity Analyst

Stocks slid Wednesday amid worries about increased market regulation—but a tame inflation report helped curb losses. James Shelton, chief investment officer of Kanaly Trust, and Kim Caughey, vice president and senior equity analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group, discussed their market outlooks.

“What we’re seeing now is a flight to safety,” Shelton told CNBC.

“With the dollar rising, you’re seeing a reversal of the dollar carry trade and it’s going to last a while.”

Shelton warned investors that the problems in Europe are not going to be easily solved and expects the austerity moves to result in lower growth.

“We’re going to have to deal with a lower rate of global growth, particularly out of Europe, but I think it does benefit the U.S.,” he said. “We are in a little bit of a better shape and fantastic earnings in [America].”

In the meantime, Caughey forecasts a 11 to 14 percent increase in the markets by year-end.

“Because we had problems in 2008 and 2009, our corporations are lean and mean and they are ready for a lower growth environment,” she said. “This year is showing that these companies can still come up with earnings and that’s what we’re looking at.”

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No immediate information was available for Caughey or Shelton.