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This week’s Sentiment Survey special question asked AAII members why it does or not matter if the major U.S. stock indexes rise above their record highs in the near term. Almost half of respondents (49%) said it does not matter. Many of these members said they invest for the long...

The percentage of individual investors optimistic about short-term gains occurring in the stock market is at its lowest level in 11 years. At the same time, the percentage of investors describing their outlook as neutral is at its highest level in 16 years, according to the latest...

A rare combination of readings was registered this week in our weekly sentiment survey: Bullish sentiment is below 20% and neutral sentiment is above 50%. Such a combination has only occurred five previous times since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987. The table below shows...

Since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987, a neutral sentiment reading above 50% has only been recorded 28 times. This week’s reading of 52.9% is the highest since April 12, 1990. During the 26 occurrences prior to December 30, 2015, the S&P 500 rose 24 times over the...

Optimism for a short-term rise in stock prices is below 20% for just the 30th time in the 29-year history of the AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, more than one in three individual investors now have a downbeat view about the short-term direction of stocks. Bullish sentiment,...

Since the AAII Sentiment Survey started in 1987, a bullish sentiment reading below 20% has only been recorded 30 times. This week’s reading of 19.3% marked the third time this year optimism has been 20%. During the previous 27 occurrences, the S&P 500 has risen 26 times....

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices remained at a three-month low according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is at an 11-week high, and neutral sentiment edged higher. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices...

Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at a three-month low according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism is at a 10-week high, and neutral sentiment is higher as well. Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will...

The percentage of individual investors describing their six-month outlook for stocks as “neutral” is at its highest level of the year, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The rise occurred as optimism fell below 30% for the first time in six weeks and pessimism...

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...