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A week after writing about the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, hitting a 23-year low, U.S. stocks turned in their worst day in 10 months this week as the VIX surged to its highest level in over a month. Most of the apprehension stemmed from Washington, D.C., as the Trump administration...

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...

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...

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...

This week, Rocky White of Schaeffer’s Investment Research wrote an article discussing the divergence in bullish sentiment among investment newsletter writers and retail investors. Specifically, he looked at AAII’s Investor Sentiment Survey and the weekly Investors Intelligence...

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what influence the performance of small-cap stocks has on their outlook for stock prices. More than four out of 10 (43%) respondents said that small-cap stocks either have no influence or have only a small/minimal...