Gartman: "We Were Clearly Wrong In Being Short Of The US Market"

Just late last week, in his latest flip-flop on the market, Dennis Gartman once again turned bearish, warning that despite 2018 earnings rising at above 20% Y/Y, the trade war with China took precedence, and as a result "we fear that the great game of investment “musical chairs” may be ending; we fear that the “music” has stopped and we fear that everyone shall be dashing for that last available seat with injuries along the way."

Gartman also pointed out the sharp reversals in tech names as a reason for his latest bearish call:

The “reversals” to the downside we had noted last week are still extant; the “gaps” to the downside in the US markets former leaders such as Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla et al are open and ominous. Protection of capital is now the first order of the day.

As a result, Gartman forgot all about his Dow 30,000 call from mid-July, and predicted that unless the "virtual collapse in China can be isolated", a movement "below 2,775 in the S&P futures shall be a serious breach of technical support; a movement below 25,000 in the Dow futures would be the same and so too a movement below 7200 in the NASDAQ futures."

Fast forward just 2 trading days later when, drumroll, Gartman is once again bullish, writing in his latest letter that "any
antipathy we might have toward the US market has been, is now and shall apparently remain wholly ill-advised. We might be
dismayed and err bearishly of stocks in broad global terms, but it is ill-advised to effect that dismay or bearish erring by selling short the market here in the US for the economy here is strong and may well be the strongest of the industrialized world."

It also means that it is "better it is to adopt a bearish perspective by selling Europe or selling Asia but selling the US is and has been wrong. It is that simple, or at least it should be."

The punchline, as usual, is Gartman's update of his "retirement account" where all his shorts have now been covered:

"As for our retirement account, we made some material changes on Friday given that we were clearly wrong in being short of the US market as our “stops” are clearly going to be hit in our dual position short of US and European shares."

Coincidentally, the S&P is in the red to start the week.


philipat FireBrander Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:28 Permalink

I'm actually tired of being "Gartmaned". Can we cut it off?

However, come on, give me a break. This guy CANNOT possibly make money. His trading costs in following his strategy of changing positions AFTER every market move must be enormous. Of course, he never actually publishes any details on his "portfolio" other than stating occasionally that "we made money". Yeah right...

Does anyone have money invested with this guy? If so they must be crazy, unless they think a Madoff is the way to go?

But can we now just quit this crap?

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lock-stick Free This Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:23 Permalink

Gentle ZH User:

Kindly consider a quick email to The Tylers requesting the "re-homing" of Free This.


All it takes is a small wave of requests, and Free This will be "free" to Be Best, elsewhere. 


[He surely will continue to SPAM with his numerous other identities, "sanctificado" "Adolfsteinbergovitch"  "PrivetHedge"  "bobcatz"  "Leakanthrophy"  or any of the parade of young lassies driving LandRovers they got sucking dick on the Internet.  "Free This" as a "personality" needs to go.]

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Calculus99 Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:02 Permalink

I really wouldn't be surprised at all if some ZH reader(s) is driving a $100k car thanks to coppering all of Dennis's calls. He really is that hot. 

Wild Bill Steamcock Brazillionaire Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:16 Permalink

Gartman comes from a long line of financial idiots.  His dad worked for a prestigious bank, but was caught stealing pens


I remember once, Gartman was so depressed about always being wrong that he was going to jump out a window on the tenth floor. They sent a priest up to talk to him. Priest said, "On your mark..."


I remember the time Gartman was kidnapped and they sent back a piece of his finger to his wife. She said she wanted more proof


When Gartman goes to a massage parlor, it's self-service


When  Gartman was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to his father, "I'm very sorry. We did everything we could...but he pulled through."

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Pindown Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:08 Permalink

Gartman is AI, he cannot be real. He´s just used as a parody to the likes of CNN money and CNBC or always smart talking, instantly reversing Kudlow, Cramer & accomplices.