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Data Drop: Investors Intelligence Sentiment Survey

Optimism among financial advisers rose last week, according to the latest II survey

by 5/2/2012 10:54 AM
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The weekly figures from the Investors Intelligence (II) sentiment survey are out. Here are the highlights:

  • Bullish sentiment among advisers rose to 43.0% (1.1% increase).
  • Bearish sentiment among advisers fell to 20.4% (3.3% decrease).
  • 36.6% of advisers foresee a correction in the market.

So there were more bulls this week, and fewer bears. The bulls-minus-bears line is right around 20%, which leaves room to the upside before optimism is at what we consider an "extreme."

Bulls-Bears Line in Relation to the SPX

The table below compares the current data to typical data since 2005. We have moderately fewer bulls and also fewer bears than usual. However, the difference between the bulls and bears is slightly above average.

II Bulls-Bears Data since 2005

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