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More than a third of individual investors described their outlook for stocks as bearish for the second consecutive week. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a decrease in neutral sentiment and an increase in optimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

Yesterday’s 3.29% decline in the S&P 500 index was the biggest such move since February. Yet it only put the S&P 500 a mere 4.9% below its record closing high. If it felt like the drop was worse, there are two big reasons why. The first is the relative headline calm we’ve...

The proportion of individual investors who anticipate a decline in stock prices is at a three-month high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism, conversely, fell sharply after having reached an eight-month high last week. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

One fear many investors have is incurring a large drop in the stock market. “Major drawdowns,” as defined by AQR Capital Management, are those where prices drop by at least 20% from peak to trough. The investment firm counts 11 such drops as having occurred in the stock market...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at its highest level in eight months according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both neutral and bearish sentiment pulled back below their historical averages. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

Based on casual analysis, it seems there has been a decline in the number of analysts making long-term earnings forecasts on publicly traded stocks. When the subject was raised during a regular portfolio review meeting, we lacked the evidence to support or debunk this hunch. So,...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rose but remains below average. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in neutral and bearish sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

Individual investors’ expectations for the short-term direction of the stock market are largely unchanged from a week ago. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows a slight increase in neutral sentiment and a slight decrease in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal observed in its morning briefing that “The S&P 500 has gone 53 trading days without a move of 1% in either direction, the longest such streak since January.” As of today’s close, the streak now stands at 56 days. This is just the fifth...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market fell to its lowest level in six weeks. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a strong rise in pessimism and a rebound in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...