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Gold to Hit $2,000 by Year End: Strategist

Gold has been under-owned and is poised to hit $2,000 per share by the end of 2012, Michaer Purves of Weeden told CNBC on Friday.

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On “Fast Money,” the firm’s chief global strategist and head of equity derivatives research updated his year-end price targets for gold, as well as silver , which he sees heading to $50 per ounce, and the gold miners index to $60 per share.

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“One key message I’d like to get out there is simply that we’ve seen a lot of money being made over the last several weeks, but I think we have to step back and realize that this is really breaking out of a consolidation and a really important move to the upside across the precious-metals complex,” he said. “Don’t be so fast to take profits here.”

(Read More: ‘Golden Cross’ May Signal Big Gold Gains Ahead)

Monetary easing, Purves said, was a strong catalyst.

“Right now, we have American, European and Japanese helicopters increasingly showering the world with money and therefore debasing reserve currencies,” he said. “Gold is still under-owned by a wide spectrum of investors and owners.”

From a long-term perspective, Purves said, gold has a long upside ahead.

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“It’s important to point out that the bullish sentiment on gold and silver is still very low compared to where it was in 2010, 2011,” he said. “The spec interest is still low as well. Gold’s been off everyone’s radar for a long time because it went through a very messy consolidation. I think that’s at an end, and I think we’re going to start seeing continued movement to the upside.”

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