A mathematical calculation on average or median forecast made by well-respected analysts on the future direction of the market. That is, the sentiment index uses certain data to show what analysts believe future market movements will be. See also: Earnings Expectations, Forecasting.
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A numerical guide to investor feeling toward the securities markets that is constructed to determine whether certain segments of the investment community are bullish or bearish. The index is used by technical analysts to determine whether stock should be bought or sold. Sentiment is measured in a variety of ways including short sales by specialists, mutual fund cash positions, and the amount of margin debt. Compare advisers' sentiment.
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