We’ve seen a notable shift in investor sentiment.
Pessimism surged to its highest level in more than three months, while optimism plunged. Plus, this week’s special question asked AAII members to share their thoughts about the S&P 500’s low volatility.
With the data, I drew a chart to see how bullish and bearish sentiment oscillates in cycles and the notable drop in optimism and spike in fear.
The bull-bear spread chart has reversed down below its average level of the past year.
The Fear & Greed Index made up of seven different sentiment indicators is neutral now, down from Extreme Greed a month ago.
One of the seven indicators is Safe Haven Demand.
Stocks and bonds have provided similar returns during the last 20 trading days. However, this has been among the weakest periods for stocks relative to bonds in the past two years and indicates investors are fleeing risky stocks for the safety of bonds.
The Put-Call Ratio is another showing fear. It is still among the highest levels of put buying seen during the last two years, indicating extreme fear on the part of investors.
So, it seems it only took a -2.6% drop to shirt investor sentiment from extremely bullish to more bearish and neutral.
We’ll see how it goes from here.
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