Bearish sentiment reached its highest level in over a year this week, rising 7.11 percentage points to 38.22% in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. Specifically, AAII members haven’t felt this poorly about the market’s prospects for the next six months since June 6, 2013.

In addition, the bull/bear spread, which measures the difference between bullish and bearish sentiment, is at its lowest level in 26 weeks at -7.34.

Overall, the readings for August 7, 2014, are as follows:

  • Bullish: 30.89%, down 0.24 percentage points
  • Neutral: 30.89%, down 6.87 percentage points
  • Bearish: 38.22%, up 7.11 percentage points

The AAII Sentiment Survey has been conducted weekly since July 1987. We encourage AAII members to participate in this weekly survey in which we ask where you think the stock market is headed over the next six months. The survey period runs from Thursday (12:01 a.m.) to Wednesday (11:59 p.m.).

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Wayne Thorp

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, is a vice president and the senior financial analyst at the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). His primary responsibility is to oversee AAII's content strategy. He is also the program manager for AAII's Stock Investor Pro fundamental stock screening and research database program and is on the advisory boards of AAII's Stock Superstars Report and Dividend Investing newsletters. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a 1997 honors graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. Wayne's interests include stock screening, technical analysis and charting, social media and tech gadgets. However, in the summer he'd prefer to be hip-deep in northern Michigan's Manistee River fly-fishing for rainbow trout. He is also a rabid University of Michigan and Detroit Red Wings fan.

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