Ticker Sense’s blogger sentiment poll is one of the lesser known sentiment measures so you’re forgiven if you aren’t familiar with it. The most recent survey results, from October 13th, show that there are no bears. Zero. None. Zilch. Three quarters are bullish while the rest are neutral or can’t make up their minds.
According to contrarian analysis, this might be a negative sign. Or maybe it is a bullish sign. After all, shouldn’t these people be “experts”? If they parse the market on a daily basis, invest and trade regularly, shouldn’t they have a better idea than the average person out there?
So does the runaway bullishness in this week’s sentiment survey mean that we should sell? or buy?
I looked at it as a sentiment metric last year and found that as it turns out the Ticker Sense blogger sentiment survey offers no edge at all:
The conclusion I draw is that the poll is simply meaningless. It provides no significant piece of sentiment information we can use. At times it is bullish and at most other times bearish. But there is no connection whatsoever with the market.
This latest data point is the highest bullishness but I don’t think it really makes any difference. According to its past, the survey can not be used as either a contrarian measure nor as a straight indicator of any kind. Honestly, I’m really surprised that the folks at Ticker Sense are continuing this survey.
As you were.
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