AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism Rises to Three-Week High

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Optimism among individual investors about the short-term direction of stock prices is at a three-week high, according to the latest AAII Sentiment Survey. Pessimism also rose slightly, while neutral sentiment extended its streak of above-average readings.

Bullish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will rise over the next six months, rose 1.3 percentage points to 38.5 percent. Even with the improvement, optimism remains below its historical average of 39 percent for the 14th time in the past 16 weeks.

Neutral sentiment, expectations that stock prices will stay essentially unchanged over the next six months, declined 2.6 percentage points to 39.1 percent. This is the 26th consecutive week that neutral sentiment is above its historical average of 30.5 percent.

Bearish sentiment, expectations that stock prices will fall over the next six months, rose 1.3 percentage points to 22.4 percent. This is the 11th straight week and the 34th out of the last 38 weeks with pessimism below its historical average of 30.5 percent.

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