Bullish sentiment reached its highest level of the year in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. After rising 6.3 percentage points this week, bullishness is the highest it has been since since December 26, 2013 (34 weeks).

The bull/bear spread, which measures the difference between bullish and bearish sentiment, rose to its highest level in 10 weeks to +22.46 percentage points.

Overall, the readings for August 21, 2014, are as follows:

  • Bullish: 46.11%, up 6.30 percentage points
  • Neutral: 30.24%, down 2.99 percentage points
  • Bearish: 23.65%, down 3.31 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 they 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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  1. Norman August 30, 2014 at 11:18 am - Reply

    can you supply a history of sentiment data from the 1980’s

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