U.S. Equity Investor Optimism Weekly Report

U.S. individual investors were more 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 increased to 31.18 percent this week from 28.14 percent the previous week. The poll has been conducted since 1987.

                  April 19  April 12  April 05  March 29  March 22  4-week
                      2012      2012      2012      2012      2012    Avg.
Bullish             31.18%    28.14%    38.17%    42.47%    42.38%  34.99%
Neutral             34.98%    30.30%    34.02%    32.05%    29.80%  32.84%
Bearish             33.84%    41.56%    27.80%    25.48%    27.81%  32.17%
Bull-Bear Spread    -2.66%   -13.42%    10.37%    16.99%    14.57%   2.82%

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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