Since 1987, AAII members have been answering the same simple question each week:
Do you feel the direction of the market over the next six months will be up (bullish), no change (neutral) or down (bearish)?
The results are compiled into the AAII Investor Sentiment Survey,
which offers insight into the mood of individual investors.
Data represents what direction members feel the
stock market will be in next 6 months.
The AAII Investor Sentiment Survey has become a widely followed measure of the mood of individual investors. The weekly survey results are published in financial publications including Barron's and Bloomberg and are widely followed by market strategists, investment newsletter writers and other financial professionals.
The percentage of individual investors expressing pessimism about their short-term outlook for stocks is at its second-lowest level of the year, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. At the same time, the percentage of individual investors describing their outlook as “neutral” is above 40% for a third consecutive week.
Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rebounded for a second consecutive week and rose 3.2 percentage points to 36.7%. Optimism remains below its historical average of 38.5% for the 12th consecutive week and the 13th time in 15 weeks.
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