By Seeking Delta of http://seekingdelta.wordpress.com
Both the NAAIM (active money managers) and AAII (individual investors) sentiment surveys released last week show an increase in bullish sentiment. The biggest increase in bullish sentiment came in the AAII survey where the bullish reading rose to 47% from 40% last week. The NAAIM survey showed a modest increase.
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This week, active managers have, on average, a 67% allocation to equities. The median allocation rose to 85% while the top quartile of active managers have an allocation of 100% or greater to equities with the bottom quartile at a 50% or less equity exposure. The eight week moving is now at 68%.
The NAAIM number measures current equity exposure (0% would be all cash, 100% fully invested). Additional detail can be found here.
Individual investor’s sentiment continued to be volatile with bullish readings over the last four weeks at 48%, 58%, 40% and 47% respectively. The Bull-Bear spread is at 22.7% and the eight week moving average remained at 48%.
Individual investor sentiment and NAAIM sentiment are now below the “extreme” territory, measured as one standard deviation above average.