According to the recent TIM (Trade Ideas Monitor) report, the TIM Sentiment Index (TSI) increased 2.1% week over week to 50.90 on August 6th, compared to 49.84 on July 30th (see last post, and previous post and the youDevise website for additional information on the TIM report). For the last few weeks, the index has been fluctuating just above and below the critical 50 mark, differentiating bullishness from bearishness. The TIM report list the daily change in the TSI as being statistically correlated to market movement 1-3 days forward. Total new short ideas as a percentage of all new ideas sent to investment managers by way of the TIM increased slightly to 33.21% on August 6th from 33.19% on July 30th. Shorts represent 34.96% of broker ideas in August, compared to 40.69% year to date.

As for individual securities in the U.S. and North America, Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG), Novellus Systems (NVLS), and DaVita (DVA) were the stocks most recommended as longs by institutional brokers, while Cablevision Systems (CVC), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Altera (ALTR) were recommended as shorts. The consumer discretionary, materials, and financial sectors had the biggest week over week change in long broker sentiment, while the telecommunication services, consumer staples, and information technology sectors had the largest weekly change in short sentiment.