- No New Normal Next Year Seen by Strategists Predicting 11% Gain in S&P 500
- Hedge Funds Raise Commodity Gain Bets to 4-Year High
- Put Call Ratio: Everyone’s Betting On The Bull
- Volatility is back to April 2010 levels
- Rydex Nasdaq 100 Bull/Bear Ratio At Highest Since Dot Com Collapse
- US CEOs Most Optimistic since 2006
- Extreme bullishness in emerging countries, money pouring into stocks at the fastest pace since 2007, biggest rally in 16 years
- SentimentTrader.com: Equity Hedging Index is at a new record low
- Trading of U.S. stock options soared to the second-highest level in nearly four decades of history
- Please also note that the put/call ratio is dangerously approaching the historically low level of April 2010
- Volatility as measured by the VIX falls back to April 2007 levels
- Best time to buy stock in decades (yes, there's an ending 's' at decades)
- Jim O'Neill, Goldman Sachs Asset Mgmt. chairman: "2011, Year of the USA"
Margin debt is one measure of the amount of optimism or pessimism in the stock market. Rising margin debt generally correlates to a rising stock market. Margin use has soared to the highest level since September 2008.
We have not reached the levels of July 2007, but given that the market is still 20% below where it was 3 years ago, the leverage investors have got themselves geared in is probably reaching if not exceeding those levels.