NASDAQ Highs Met With Mixed Feelings

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members for their thoughts about the recent new record highs set by the NASDAQ. Responses were very mixed. Approximately 18% of respondents think that the NASDAQ will continue to rise, with the upward momentum primarily being driven by tech stocks. An additional 6% view the record highs…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Falls to Lowest Level Since the Election

Optimism among individual investors waned, falling to its lowest level since the election, in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Both neutral sentiment and pessimism rose. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell 6.6 percentage points to 37.0%. Optimism was last lower on November 2, 2016 (23.6%). The historical…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Rises to a 6-Week High

Optimism among individual investors is starting 2017 at a six-week high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise in optimism comes as both neutral and bearish sentiment declined modestly. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 0.6 percentage points to 46.2%. Optimism was last higher on…

 

Post-Election Stock Price Rise Gives Investors Mixed Feelings

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what they thought about the post-election rise in stock prices. Responses were mixed. The largest group, nearly 38% of all respondents, think prices are rising on expectation of the changes President-elect Donald Trump will bring. The easing of business regulations and lower taxes were specifically mentioned….

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Tops 40% for Fourth Week

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market is above 40% for a fourth consecutive week for the first time in approximately two years. This week’s AAII Sentiment Survey also shows a decline in neutral sentiment and a modest rise in pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the…

 

Stock Superstars Report: November Recap & December Portfolio Changes

This week we performed our monthly Stock Superstars Report (SSR) portfolio review and made some changes. For more information on this month’s deletions and additions, read the December SSR Monthly Report available online. November Market Recap In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, U.S. stocks, for the most part, have rallied strongly. This is quite…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Pulls Back Following Big Rise

Optimism pulled back in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey after having risen significantly over the previous three weeks. Both neutral and bearish sentiment rebounded this week, after having both previously fallen. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, fell by 6.1 percentage points to 43.8%. The pullback follows last…

 

Over 1 in 4 Surveyed Investors Neutral to Uncertain on Trump’s Impact

This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members what factors are most influencing their six-month outlook for stocks now that the elections are over. Not surprisingly, many said president-elect Donald Trump. Slightly more than one out of every four respondents described themselves as being uncertain about the impact his presidency will have or did…

 

Election Countdown: Will the Outcome Impact Investors’ Outlooks?

In case you haven’t heard, on Tuesday, November 8, Americans will go to the polls to elect the 45th President and 48th Vice President of the United States. For many, the end of the current campaign season will not have come soon enough. As of Friday’s close, the S&P 500 is in the midst of…

 

Stock Superstars Report: Baseball, Politics and Investing

Where I grew up in mid-Michigan, there was a local Chevy commercial that had a jingle that went “Baseball, hot dogs, Applegate and Chevrolet.” This week the news cycle, at least here in Chicago, has been focused on baseball and the “lovable losers”—the Chicago Cubs—breaking 108 years of curses to win the World Series. For…