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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how first-quarter earnings have influenced their outlook for stock prices. Slightly more than one out of four respondents (27%) said that quarterly results have not altered their outlook. Many said they don’t alter...

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The percentage of individual investors optimistic about short-term gains occurring in the stock market is at its lowest level in 11 years. At the same time, the percentage of investors describing their outlook as neutral is at its highest level in 16 years, according to the latest...

A rare combination of readings was registered this week in our weekly sentiment survey: Bullish sentiment is below 20% and neutral sentiment is above 50%. Such a combination has only occurred five previous times since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987. The table below shows...

Since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987, a neutral sentiment reading above 50% has only been recorded 28 times. This week’s reading of 52.9% is the highest since April 12, 1990. During the 26 occurrences prior to December 30, 2015, the S&P 500 rose 24 times over the...

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Optimism for a short-term rise in stock prices is below 20% for just the 30th time in the 29-year history of the AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, more than one in three individual investors now have a downbeat view about the short-term direction of stocks. Bullish sentiment,...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion about the current pace of economic growth. Nearly half of the respondents (49%) described growth as slow and an additional 22% described growth as poor or inadequate. Just 11% said growth was either...

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Since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987, a bullish sentiment reading below 20% has only been recorded 30 times. This week’s reading of 19.3% marked the third time this year optimism has been 20%. During the previous 27 occurrences, the S&P 500 has risen 26 times....

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members which sectors or industries they like right now. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said that they currently favor the health care sector, particularly the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The second-most-favorable...

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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices remained at a three-month low according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is at an 11-week high, and neutral sentiment edged higher. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big of an impact news and data about China is having on their outlook for the U.S. stock market. Almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) said that China is having either no impact or just a small impact. Among...