If there is one thing more or less guaranteed to create a bullish scenario for stocks, it is the sudden flip-flop of world-renowned newsletter writer Dennis Gartman once again to a short-of-stocks position. Worse still, his fellow newsletter writers, according to AAII, have not been this 'unbullish' since the trough in March 2009. Of course, what many are missing this morning isd 120 points of The Dow's gains are due to the panic-intervention by The BoJ at last night's Japan open...
Gartman Goes From "Stock Prices Have A Long Way To Fall" To "I'm Confused But Still Buying Stocks" In 7 DaysSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 08/31/2015 08:27 -0400
"I'm confused, but still buying stocks. I trade only from my own account, I'm slightly long - a little discouraged when I see the action we've seen overnight in China. But, I think I'll stay that way and my propensity shall be to a quiet modest buyer of more on today's weakness.
"We should all be in “survival mode” today; there is no reason to take action of any sort other than to raise liquidity where necessary in order to survive the present chaotic situation. Survival is all that matters. All else is secondary, even if that means surviving with far less liquidity than one had only mid-week last week. This is time for retaining what liquidity we can muster; this is not a time for courage. Get smaller; get liquid and get safe. This is getting ugly and we can only hope it does not get worse."
Moments ago, the $40 support level for oil finally snapped and with its so did Gartman's oil stop loss level, which means Gartman is now stopped out. Normally this would mean going long, however in this case China has yet to open and following the disappointment of no RRR-cut, tonight's commodity carnage may just be beginning.
"We Were Short… Now We Are Not!: The trend since mid-June is upward and today’s collapse in the Chinese stock market will serve only to make the bid for the US bond market that much stronger!" - Dennis Gartman
Previously we reported on Horseman Capital's uncanny ability to generate market-beating returns (outperforming 98% of peers since 2012) despite having a net -50% short position offset by treasury longs. Now, we take a quick detour into one of the prop investment bets used by Horseman's CIO, Russel Clark, namely Hollywood's ability to pull a Dennis Gartman, and make a dramatic appearnace at all the key market inflection points.
"We were convinced that a top has been formed over the course of the last several months and we were willing to be short but the Chinese devaluation has wrought havoc upon us, catching us and everyone else out. As we write, the September t-note future is trading 128 ¼ and that is ¼ point above our “close only” stop."
"...it is time to be shot of the long end of the US bond market and we wish this morning to sell the September T-note future at or near to 126 3/4. We can imagine the front month future trading to 118-119 over the course of the next several months..."
"We turned openly, but moderately, bearish of shares late last week and for a day or two we appeared to have been wise in our decision. Clearly that wisdom has waned rather materially in the course of the last two trading sessions and following the Fed’s non-decision yesterday we found ourselves covering in the calls we had written against our “tanker” shares as well as covering in some of the derivatives we had had in place, thus taking our net position in our retirement funds from one that was modestly net bearish to one that is nearly net market neutral."
Guess who just went "marginally net short... in dollar terms."
With Greece disintegrating before our very eyes, here are some recent blasts from the recent and not so recent past, showing just how clueless some of the most and least respected, strategists, bureucrats, drama majors, and former Goldman employees have been when it comes to Greece.
One (perhaps the only) bright spot in the past few year’s gold market has been Chinese and Indian demand for the metal. But physical bullion is only part of the story, and may not be the biggest one going forward. Speculation has been circulating for years that China’s miners, flush with cash from selling their low-cost output to the government, would soon start buying up the world’s in-ground gold reserves... and now, finally, the China-buying-all-the-gold-mines scenario has begun to solidify.
"We shall do our best then to remain as we have been: pleasantly long of equities on balance. There really is no other course of actions we can take.... Long of One Unit of Ten Year Notes/short of One Unit of the Long bond future: Friday, May 22nd we wished to sell into the strength of the bond market"
"We were sellers Monday, May 4th of the Russell and we were buyers of the S&P, for the chart of the former is ominously bearish while the chart of the latter is interestingly bullish. We’ve done equal dollar sums on both sides of the trade and for now we’ll not wish to see the trade more 2% against us. As we wrote the June Russell 2000 was trading 1222 and the June S&P was trading 2099.50. This morning they are 1253.50 and 2119.50 respectively, so we are now behind by 2.6% on the Russell and are ahead by 1.0% on the S&P. For now we shall sit tight but we are swiftly approaching our stop point, which is a 2% loss."
Remember MacNeil Curry, aka the second coming of Tom Stolper (even if he has a way to go to catch up to Dennis Gartman), aka the FX gift that keeps on giving? Well, he just gave another FX gift.