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Pessimism among individual investors is at its highest level and neutral sentiment is at its lowest level since February, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism remains at an unusually low level. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stocks rebounded strongly in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise followed two consecutive weeks of extraordinarily low levels of bullish sentiment. At the same time, neutral sentiment plunged after having...

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...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what their comfort level is with the current valuations of stocks. Slightly more than one out of four respondents (26%) view stock prices as being overvalued. An additional 22% said that they are either uncomfortable...

For just the third time in the past 23 weeks, at least one in three individual investors say they are optimistic about the short-term direction of stock prices, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Meanwhile, neutral sentiment is above 40% for a sixth consecutive week. Bullish...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stocks as “neutral” rose to a new high for the year. The rise occurred as optimism pulled back to an unusually low level. Pessimism rebounded, but remains below average. Bullish sentiment,...

Pessimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at its lowest level in five months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Nonetheless, less than one in three individual investors are optimistic. Bullish sentiment, expectations that...

The level of short-term pessimism among individual investors continues to pull back, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Bearish sentiment is now down by a cumulative 25 percentage points since early February. However, optimism still remains below average and neutral...

The percentage of individual investors describing their short-term outlook for stock prices as neutral jumped to its highest level of the year, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism plunged, while pessimism rose for the first time in five weeks. Bullish sentiment,...

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of the AAII Journal. Legendary investor Charles Ellis has spent 50 years working closely with nearly 100 investing organizations, knowing many of the world’s most effective and successful investment managers, teaching...