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AAII Sentiment Survey: Pessimism Jumps, Optimism Plunges

Pessimism among individual investors jumped, while optimism fell to levels not seen in about four months, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. The moves reversed the changes recorded in last week's survey results.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, plunged 8.7 percentage points to 35.5%. Optimism was last lower on October 2, 2014 (35.4%). This is the second time in three weeks, but just the fourth time in the past 26 weeks, that optimism is below its historical average of 39.0%.

Neutral sentiment, expectations that stock prices will stay essentially unchanged over the next six months, declined 1.4 percentage points to 32.1%. Even with the decline, neutral sentiment is above its historical average of 30.5% for the fifth consecutive week.

Bearish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will fall over the next six months, reversed last week's drop and surged by 10.0 percentage… Read More …