The worst performance in months didn't deter consumers. Even though the S&P 500 lost several percent in September, there was an increase in the net percentage of consumers who expect stocks to rise according to the monthly Conference Board survey.
There is a modest contrary bias to this data. When more consumers expect stocks to rise than fall, the S&P 500's annualized return is more than double when it is when consumers are less confident.
There is a tendency to think everything is a contrary indicator, especially when it comes to surveys of laypersons. That's not always the case, however, and knee-jerk contrarianism can be a deleterious habit. That's why we test things to the extent that we can. When we do that here, we can see that a jump in confidence during a down month isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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The post titled Consumers are buying the dip was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2020-10-02.
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