Another big factor: China changing its bank reserve requirements.
“As I like to say, a reserve requirement change is a two-by-four to the forehead of a mule,” Gartman said. “They’re trying to get everybody’s interest. Don’t fade them.”
“There are few precedents for what we saw today,” he added.
Bank stocks shrugged off credit downgrades to rally along with the broader market. Morgan Stanley shares jumped 11 percent, followed by Citigroup and JPMorgan with 8 percent gains. Bank of America and Goldman Sachs posted 7 percent pops.
Had it not been for China’s move, Gartman said, bank stocks would’ve been down dramatically.
“BAC under $5 is a long-term leap on the United States,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Gartman also praised the liquidity move by central banks of Canada, Japan and Switzerland, along with the ECB, the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England.
The founder of The Gartman Letter also touched on several other topics.
Big gains for steel, such as U.S. Steel, up 15 percent for the day: “I think that this is a bet on growth around the world. It’s going to happen again,” he said. “The oldest lesson I’ve learned in this business: You want to own those, you want to own steel, you want to own copper, you want to own railroads — simple ideas. And we’re going to get growth again. It’s going to happen.”
Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s angry missive to President Obama: “When the central banks come in and are making sure the liquidity is available to you, when something like China happens, then those who aren’t bullish have to turn,” he said. “Leon’s been a little ahead of the game. My bet is that he adds to his positions because I think he’s got it right.”
The euro play: “Don’t get too excited about the euro getting that strong,” he said. “It gained on the U.S. dollar but it lost relative to every other currency.”
Going long: “I’m long in the Canadian dollar, I’m short euros, I’m long gold.”
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