Dennis Gartman on gold: ‘Buy more’

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Published: Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 6:21 PM ET
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Gartman on gold: 'Buy more'
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For the first time in five years, commodities trader Dennis Gartman expects this to be the best gold play.

For the first time in a while, commodities trader Dennis Gartman expects gold miners to outperform the precious metal itself.

"It's the first time in a long while that I actually think the gold miners can outperform gold," he said. "For five years now, the gold miners have underperformed very badly. But over the course of the last several months, it's interesting to watch the GDX."

On CNBC's "Fast Money," Gartman said that the gold mining exchange-traded fund was giving the gold ETF a run for its money.

"It's actually begun to gain relative to the GLD," he said. "It's begun to gain relative gold futures. It's unusual. I think it's long overdue. And if you are the public, rather than trading gold futures, you're probably going to be better off trading the gold mining stocks."

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As for the precious metal, Gartman's play was simple:

"Buy more."

Gartman said he was impressed by the day's gold price action.

"You walked in, it gapped higher right off the bat at $1,315, never looked back. Very impressive action," he said. "I'm not a gold bug. Everybody should know that by now. I think of gold as nothing more than another currency."

Still, he added, it was "impressive" that even as crude oil fell sharply in the afternoon, gold still gained.

"You have to like it," Gartman said. "Gold wants to go higher, probably predicated on a continued expectation that the Fed will continue to expand reserves, and so shall too other central banks."

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Gartman also said that it was rare to see backwardation, which occurs when the futures price for a given date falls below the expected value of a commodity on that date.

"You don't sell backwardations in any market, and you specifically don't sell backwardation in the gold market," he added.

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The rally in the S&P 500, which ended the day at an all-time closing high of 1,695.53, would continue, Gartman predicted.

"It is a bull market," he said. "It has continued to be a bull market. It shall likely continue to be a bull market, even as talk of tapering obtains, the Fed is not going to be un-accommodative for a long period of time, and I actually think the economy is beginning to show better signs of strength."

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Noting that it was rare to see gold and stocks both posting gains, Gartman suggested playing both.

"It might be a good hedge to own stocks and own gold, hedging one another," he said.

By CNBC's Bruno J. Navarro.

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PS.  Looks like trader Gartman likes gold again in an on and off trade.....I dont want to be headfaked, have been trying best to time, trade many sectors since mid 90s.  have ittle miners left, may need to see Qs come out better and better in order to decide to venture into more names.  In the meantime, energy and non miners/energy names will be my focus.  Now when and how to take profits in all names and move onward.