- YES; THE BULLS HAVE GONE TOO FAR!
- NO; TWITTER IS NOT WORTH $40 BILLION!
... gauges of investor sentiment, positioning, and market breadth suggest that caution is warranted.
The gap between bullish and bearish respondents to the Investors Intelligence survey has blown out to levels not seen since 1987 -- exceeding peaks seen during the dot.com and housing bubbles. Just 14 percent of respondents are bearish, while nearly 60 percent are bullish.
The survey results from the National Association of Active Investment Managers is similarly extended, with respondents having spent most of the fourth quarter maintaining a long position that exceeded what they maintained during the entire 2007 market topping event.
Cash sitting in money market funds has dropped so low, as folks have piled into stocks, that it can now buy less than 3 percent of the U.S. stock market. According to Jason Goepfert at SentimenTrader, that's the lowest level in 30 years and is a far cry from the 12.3 percent seen during the financial crisis.
And despite all the excitement, fewer and fewer stocks have been participating in the current rally in a sign that buyers are becoming exhausted. On Thursday, during mid-day trading there were just 287 net advancing issues on the NYSE. That's down 72 percent from Tuesday's pre-holiday session and is down from the 2,000+ net advancing issue rally days we saw back in October.
Add it all up, and the evidence is building that this year-end flurry in stocks should encourage caution, not callous overconfidence.UNLESS TWITTER IS REALLY WORTH $40BILLION, WE HAVE A LOT TO WORRY ABOUT!