When Will Stock Prices Reach a Bottom? Members Mixed

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how they will know when the current downturn in stock prices has reached a bottom. Responses varied. The largest group, accounting for 29% of all respondents, said they’ll know either after a bottom has been set or technical indicators reveal an upturn in the market. Several…

 

One in Three Investors Favoring Health Care

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what industries or sectors they currently like. Nearly one-third of respondents (31%) said health care, including pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Technology was second, named by 18% of respondents. Slightly more than 14% of respondents said utilities. Gold and energy were tied for fourth with about 13%…

 

Members Buying Large-Cap Stocks or Staying Steady

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how, if at all, they have recently adjusted their stock investing strategy. More than one-third of respondents (35%) said they are focusing on large-cap, income producing and/or value-oriented stocks. Many of these respondents specifically said that they are primarily seeking dividend-paying stocks. About 14% of respondents…

 

Members Holding Portfolios Steady or Buying Stocks

January’s Asset Allocation Survey special question asked AAII members what, if any, allocation changes they plan to make this year. Nearly one-third of all respondents (32%) said they either are not intending to make any changes or will rebalance their portfolios as necessary. Many of these respondents indicated that they are following long-term strategies. Slightly…

 

One in Three Members Say Stocks Overvalued

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members about their comfort level with the current valuation of stocks. Nearly one in three respondents (32%) said they view stocks as still being overvalued, somewhat high or are otherwise not comfortable with prevailing valuations. Many of these respondents don’t think corporate earnings justify current valuations, while…

 

Four out of Ten Members Pessimistic About the Market

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what impact the market’s weak start to 2016 has had on their six-month outlook for stock prices. More than four out of 10 respondents (42%) said this month’s decline in stock prices has had a negative impact. The majority of these members anticipate further price declines,…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Moves Closer to 50%

Pessimism about the short-term outlook for stocks moved closer to 50% in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Optimism improved a little, while neutral sentiment plunged to a five-month low. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 3.6 percentage points to 21.5%. The improvement comes after optimism had fallen…

 

Members Unconcerned By Index Concentration

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how concerned they are about the performance of the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ being driven by a relatively small number of stocks. About 40% of respondents said they are not concerned. Some said they are more focused on other issues and other respondents said they…

 

Members Welcome Fed’s Rate Hike

With the Sentiment Survey during the week before Christmas, we asked AAII members for their thoughts about the Federal Reserve’s recent rate hike. More than 37% of respondents agreed with or approved of the rate hike. Nearly 29% said it was either about time to raise rates or that the rate hike was overdue. About…

 

S&P 500 Will Rise in 2016, According to Members

With the Sentiment Survey over the holidays we asked AAII members how big a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 would realize this year. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) anticipate stocks to rise. Slightly more than 20% of respondents think that the increase will be less than 5%, while 31% expect gains of between…