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Stock Markets Face 'Meltup': Strategist

Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 4:13 AM ET

Despite recent warnings that the rally may be over, stock markets face a "meltup" as institutional investors will now feel obliged to buy to deliver returns, Philippe Gijsels, senior equity strategist at Fortis, told CNBC Monday.

A meltup is the opposite of meltdown, as investors feel forced to buy in the market so they wouldn't miss profit opportunities; but fundamentals don't justify this fervor, Gijsels said.

"Now you have the feeling of 'get me in at any price,'" as opposed to 'get me out at any price', he explained.

"You still have a lot of underbuying in the market," Gijsels told "Squawk Box" in London.

Institutional investors such as fund managers have only two months until the end of the year and they must show performance, he pointed out.

Stocks Face 'Meltup': Strategist
Despite recent warnings that the rally may be over, stock markets face a "meltup" as institutional investors will now feel obliged to buy to deliver returns, Philippe Gijsels from Fortis told CNBC Monday.

The rally is artificial and government-driven and "it's a dangerous situation" because fundamentals are weak, Gijsels added.

"The government, in the new world we live in, will be a very important factor," he said.

'Armageddon' will come when governments will say that they cannot finance their debt, according to Gijsels, and then investors will take refuge in gold.

"If you don't want government paper anymore, where is all the money for safe haven going to go?" he said.

- Watch the first part of Philippe Gijsels' interview above and the second part here >>>