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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices pulled back, but remains at an unusually high level, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, pessimism and neutral sentiment rebounded. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

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Optimism among individual investors jumped to its highest level in more than seven years, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism, meanwhile is at its lowest level in more than three years. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...

The percentage of individual investors expecting stocks to rise over the next six months is at a level not seen in more than three years. At the same time, the latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows pessimism at its lowest level in more than two years. Bullish sentiment, expectations...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at its highest level in nearly two years, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time both neutral and bearish sentiment are lower. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is at a five-week high. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows declines in the proportion of individual investors describing their short-term outlook as being “neutral” or “bearish.” Bullish...

The percentage of individual investors describing their six-month outlook for stocks as “neutral” is at a five-week low. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows increases in both optimism and pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the...

The latest AAII Sentiment Survey shows the percentage breakdowns of individual investors’ expectations for the short-term direction of stock prices being close to average. Bullish sentiment, neutral sentiment and bearish sentiment are all within a few percentage points of their...

Pessimism among individual investors jumped to a two-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment also rose, while optimism fell. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, plunged 15.8 percentage points to 29.3%. Optimism...

Pessimism about the short-term direction of the stock market among individual investors is at its lowest level since mid-September. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a rebound in neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next...