Investors more optimistic about stock prices

More investors reported an optimistic outlook for stocks in the recent AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. In the week ended May 4, 2022, 26.9% of investors cited their belief that stock prices would go up in the next six months compared with 16.4% in the previous week. Investors reporting a bearish sentiment — the belief that stock prices will decline — declined to 52.9% compared with 59.4% in the prior survey. Respondents indicating a neutral outlook fell to 20.3% in the current survey from 24.2% in the prior week.