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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...

The stock market has gotten off to a bad start this year, and to say Mr. Market is in a rotten mood today may be an understatement. Uncertainty about the Chinese economy and falling oil prices are to blame. For all the growth China has experienced, its economy and its stock market...

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...

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...

Investing is not always easy. A great deal of evidence supports the notion that over the long term, stocks of smaller companies tend to have greater returns than those of larger companies. To realize those higher long-term gains, however, you have to be willing to expect some periods...