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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices fell to a new 2017 low in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentage of individual investors describing their outlook as “neutral” is at a new high for the year. Bullish...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what sectors or segments, if any, they think are excessively overvalued right now. Nearly one of out every three respondents (31%) said that technology (particularly the largest tech companies) is overvalued. Nearly...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stock prices as “neutral” is at a six-month high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism pulled back this week, while pessimism rose slightly. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

Special Note: We’re announcing today that Fidelity Investments’ senior investment strategist Bruce Johnstone will be a keynote speaker at this year’s upcoming AAII Investor Conference. Johnstone was previously ranked as the #1 equity-income fund manager during...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members to share their thoughts about the NASDAQ recently rising above the 6,000 level for the first time. One out of four respondents (25%) described the achievement as meaningless or otherwise said that it does not alter...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at a three-month low according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment is higher while optimism is essentially unchanged. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

With May starting in just a few days, those of you who are sensitive to the market’s semiannual cycles may be reciting the chorus of The Clash’s 1982 hit, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” A better question would be “Should I Stay or Should I Rotate?” Staying would mean...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their opinion about the current pace of economic growth. Forty percent of respondents described the pace of growth as slow, too slow or sluggish. Several of the respondents believe that the pace of economic...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded to its highest level in two months. At the same time, the percentage of investors describing their outlooks as either neutral or pessimistic fell. All three sentiment indicators are now...

A year ago, I began including doodles with my weekly commentary. The first one was a sketch discussing the impact of changes in earnings forecasts on stock prices. The purpose was to visually highlight and graphically explain one of the points I was making. Being a writer who...