U.S. Equity Investor Optimism Weekly Report

U.S. individual investors were less bullish on U.S. equities this week, according to a weekly poll of clients by the American Association of Individual Investors.

The percentage of investors who are bullish on U.S. equities decreased to 40.18 percent this week from 43 percent the previous week. The poll has been conducted since 1987.

                   Nov. 03   Oct. 27   Oct. 20   Oct. 13    Oct. 6  4-week
                      2011      2011      2011      2011      2011    Avg.
Bullish             40.18%    43.00%    35.99%    39.77%    35.24%  39.74%
Neutral             30.21%    32.00%    29.41%    23.86%    19.05%  28.87%
Bearish             29.62%    25.00%    34.60%    36.36%    45.71%  31.40%
Bull-Bear Spread    10.56%    18.00%     1.39%     3.41%   -10.47%   8.34%

Note: The AAII Sentiment Survey measures the percentage of individual investors who are bullish, bearish, and neutral on the stock market short term; individuals are polled from the AAII web site on a weekly basis.

SOURCE: American Association of Individual Investors www.aaii.com

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