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Stocks Pessimism Posts Longest Streak Since 2011 Market Bottom

Bearish sentiment in a survey of individual investors has surpassed the historical average for the longest stretch since October, when stocks began a rally that lifted the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index 24 percent.

A poll by the American Association of Individual Investors showed 44.4 percent of respondents say American stocks will fall over the next six months. That’s the eighth consecutive week that pessimism stayed above the 25-year average of 30 percent.