Sunday, January 04, 2009

Investor Bullish Sentiment Continues To Decline

The individual investor bullish sentiment indicator is referred to as a contrarian measure by investment strategist. Individual investors historically become the least bullish at market bottoms and the most bullish at market tops.

As reported by the the American Association of Individual Investors, this past week's bullishness reading fell to a level below that reported on November 20th. The percent of individual investors that are bullish on the market was reported at 24% versus last week's reading of 28.95%. The 24% level is lower than reported on November 20th: 24.37%. Since November 20th, the S&P 500 Index has risen over 15%. The bull/bear spread came in at -31% versus last week's spread of -15%.

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