Bullish Stock Market Sentiment Barely Edges Out Pessimism

By Sue ChangMarketWatch Pulse

Investors were slightly more optimistic about the stock market in the short term but only edged out bearish investors by a small margin, according to a survey by the American Association of Individual Investors published Thursday. Bullish sentiment, measured by the number of respondents who believe the market will rise in the next 6 months, fell to 32.1% in the week ended Sept. 23 from 33.3% in the previous week. Investors who are bearish also declined to 28.7% from 29.1% while neutral investors rose to 39.2% versus 37.6%. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are down sharply, extending losses for a third session in a week that has historically been amongst the worst of the year.

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