We May Be Getting Closer to the Bottom

The current decline has put the S&P 500 index on pace to experience an unusually bad month. Through yesterday’s close, the large-cap index was down 10.6% on a month-to-date basis. This ranks as the 27th worst calendar month, according to @OddStats. It also makes this month the toughest since February 2009, when the S&P 500…

 

Majority of Investors Expect Market to Rise in 2018

Last week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members how big a percentage gain or loss the S&P 500 will realize in 2018. Nearly two out of five respondents (37%) expect the large-cap index to rise between 6% and 10%. An additional 13% of respondents predict the S&P 500 will realize a gain of between…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Jumps to a 7-Year High

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 six months, surged 7.1 percentage points to 59.8%. Optimism was last…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Neutral Sentiment Above 40% for Third Week

The proportion of individual investors describing their outlook for stock prices as “neutral” is above 40% for a third consecutive week. This is the first such streak in nearly a year. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows small declines in both optimism and pessimism. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Rebounds, Neutral Sentiment Stays High

Pessimism about the short-term direction of stock prices rebounded to a six-week high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, neutral sentiment stayed above 40%, while optimism was nearly unchanged. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, declined by a mere 0.1 percentage points to 29.6%….

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Highest Level of Neutral Sentiment in Nearly a Year

The percentage of individual investors describing their outlook for stocks as neutral is at its highest level in nearly a year. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows pessimism at its lowest level since the first week of January. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, declined 2.9 percentage…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Declines to a 4-Month Low

A modest decrease in the percentage of individual investors who expect stock prices to decline sent pessimism to a four-month low. Bearish sentiment, however, remains close to its historical average in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Additionally, this week’s survey shows small increases in optimism and neutral sentiment. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Neutral Stays Above Average

The percentage of individual investors describing their six-month outlook for stock prices as “neutral” is above its historical average for the seventh consecutive week. The latest AAII Sentiment Survey also shows less optimism than a week prior. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, pulled back by 3.2 percentage…

 

AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Rebounds, But Stays Below Average

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of the stock market rebounded, but remained below average in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Neutral sentiment pulled back while bearish sentiment remained in its recent range. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 8.5 percentage points to 35.4%. Even…