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Market Sentiment

What it is:

Market sentiment is the general feeling about the climate of the market as expressed by the direction of market prices.

How it works (Example):

Market sentiment, as the name suggests, describes the outlook of investors in a market. Market sentiment is most evident in overall price trends. For example, rising prices suggests an optimistic (bullish) market sentiment, and falling prices suggests a poor (bearish) market sentiment.

Why it Matters:

The nature of market psychology suggests that any given trend may be more indicative of market sentiment than of fundamental gains or losses in the value of stocks.

As a result, market prices are not necessarily indicative of a stock's fundamental value.