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No significant change within the usual sentiment surveys. Both the AAII and II moved just 1% points: the AII going to 47% bulls from 46% and the Investor’s Intelligence bullish percent from 45% to 46%.
Hulbert Newsletter Sentiment
According to Mark Hulbert, out of 10 market timing newsletters with the best risk adjusted performance, seven are bullish right now. Among the ten, their average equity allocation is a whopping 78%! This is especially meaningful when compared with what the worst market timers are saying: an equity allocation of just 11%.
So unless you think that all of a sudden the pattern of performance is going to be upended, this is a very bullish sign for the market.
We got a surprising uptick in the ISE Sentiment index this past week. On Thursday it peaked at 192. To provide some perspective, on October 8th, 2008 the ISE sentiment index reached 279 and on October 29th 2008 it reached 275. The October swing high of around 1560 was put in between these two dates.
And finally in mid May, when the market made its swing top, the ISE sentiment was 225. We didn’t really approach record highs for this measure but usually anything around 200 shows significant risk aversion (the ISEE sentiment is a ratio of calls to puts).
A few people contacted me asking about LowRisk and as I mentioned before I haven’t received any response from Jeff Walker after inquiring about LowRisk. Their site continues to be stuck on March data with no updates as of yet. Unfortunately, it looks like this sentiment measure is no more.
So more or less we continue to muddle through with lukewarm sentiment on average. I continue to see the March bottom however, as significant and these counter currents we’ve seen lately don’t necessarily negate that.
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