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A market sentiment indicator published weekly by Investor's Intelligence that uses information polled directly from market professionals. The ratio is derived by dividing the total number of bullish investment advisors by the number of bearish and bullish advisors.
A market sentiment indicator based on a weekly poll of investment advisors as to whether they are bullish, bearish, or neutral on the stock market. The bull/bear ratio is published by Investor''s Intelligence of New Rochelle, New York. Extreme optimism on the part of the public and even professionals almost always coincides with market tops. Extreme pessimism almost always coincides with market bottoms. Historically, readings above 60 percent have indicated extreme optimism (which is bearish for the market) and readings below 40 percent have indicated extreme pessimism (which is bullish for the markets).