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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members about the most important qualities or characteristics they look for in a stock. Topping the list is growth, cited by more than a third of all respondents (35%). Earnings growth and dividend growth are particularly...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stocks continues to rebound and is now at three-month high. Pessimism is also higher in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, while neutral sentiment has fallen back into its typical range. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion of the current pace of economic growth. Approximately 39% have a positive view of the economy and/or expected growth, while a little over 38% have a more pessimistic view. Those who have a positive...

The percentage of individual investors expressing pessimism about their short-term outlook for stocks is at its second-lowest level of the year, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentage of individual investors describing their outlook as “neutral”...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how the Dow Jones industrial average’s and the S&P 500 index’s inability to revisit their respective January highs is impacting their sentiment toward stocks. Respondents generally fell into one of three...

Optimism about the short-term direction of stocks rebounded, but remains below average according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism, meanwhile, pulled back after having risen last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months,...

Recently, a lot of attention was paid to the fact that the 10-Year Treasury yield hit 3% for the first time since early 2014. At the shorter end of the maturity range, though, rates have been increasing even faster. The has caused market watchers to fret over the so-called “yield...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors would most likely be responsible should stock prices rise between now and the end of the year. Responses varied, with the largest group (29%) crediting earnings, particularly earnings growth. A distant...

The percentage of individual investors who described their short-term outlook for stocks as “neutral” is above 40% for the first time in almost two months. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a big drop in optimism and a rise in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

Last month’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is influencing their portfolio decisions. Four out of five respondents (80%) say the new tax law either isn’t currently having any impact or only a limited effect. Several...