According to the recent TIM (Trade Ideas Monitor) report and the TIM Sentiment Index (TSI), institutional brokers became more bearish over the last five trading days as the TSI decreased 5.0% from 57.32 to 54.46 (see previous post or youDevise website for additional information on the TIM report). For the five trading days ending July 1st, the number of new short ideas as a percentage of new ideas sent to investment managers increased to 30.98% from 22.07% one week earlier (see last week's post), but the intra-week short trend did fall off its high of 35.26%. To date, shorts represent 41.46% of all ideas this year.

As for individual securities in the U.S. and North America, Tyco Electronics (TEL), Intel (INTC), and Electronic Arts (ERTS) were the stocks most recommended as longs by institutional brokers, while Chemspec International (CPC), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), and First Solar (FSLR) were most recommended as shorts. The energy, information, and consumer discretionary sectors had increased broker sentiment for the week, while utilities and health care had decreased sentiment.