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Gartman: Gold Traders at War & Decisive Battle Imminent


Dennis Gartman says current turbulence in the gold market bears a strong resemblance to the final volatile days of WWI. If you’re trading precious metals, we hope you know your history.

In the spring of 1918, the Entente Powers and the Germans were locked in trench warfare.

“Both sides fired ammunition at one another, first they were 300 yards apart, then 100 yards apart then to 50 yards apart,” says Gartman. And they just kept fighting – literally to the death.

Gartman: May Eventually See 'Explosion' in Gold

The same thing is happening in with bulls on one side and bears on another.

“The range in which gold is trading is growing ever tighter – the lows are higher and the highs are lower.” Gartman says.

In other words, the bulls and the bears are closing in on one another – like the Allies and Germans at the Second Battle of the Marne.

And when the battle is finally over - Gartman thinks the bears will sue for armistice.

“Ultimately I think bulls win,” says Gartman. “I think gold will break out to the upside.”

However, we’re not at the Treaty of Versailles stages in this trade just yet. Investors are still in the trenches – and Gartman expects the fighting to get bloodier in the near-term.

“Before this ends, gold will probably first breakdown,” says Gartman. That will hurt investors who are long by stopping them out of positions.

“Only after the bulls are wounded will gold then move substantially higher,” Gartman says. Top hedge fund manager Renee Haugerud made similar comments on CNBC earlier in the week. She said, "gold will hit $1800 later this year."

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