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) -- Disappointing jobs numbers took down stocks at the end of last week and economist Nouriel "Dr. Doom" Roubini, and others are piling on.

Asian stocks ended mostly lower Monday, partly on Roubini's reported comments that "markets have gone up too much, too soon, too fast," and that he saw a "risk of a correction" as markets come around to realize a recovery won't be rapid.




CEO Michael Geoghegan told the

Financial Times

he's so convinced there will be a second downturn in the coming months that he won't rush into expanding the bank. He also said any recovery would be "W-shaped" rather than "V-shaped."

That sentiment also is reflected in the results of the latest RealMoney Barometer survey as the bears are having their way for a third straight week.

As of 7:35 a.m. EDT Monday, the bears took 378, or 43.5%, of the 868 votes cast. But the bulls haven't backed down entirely, as they have 344, or 39.6%, of the votes cast, perhaps anticipating a strong earnings season -- or at least hoping for one -- that will serve as a catalyst for the stock market. Neutral had 146 votes, or almost 17%.

The unofficial start of the third-quarter earnings season begins Wednesday when


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reports. Next week and the week after will see a flood of corporate reports, giving investors quite a bit to chew on.

In the sectors, precious metals was picked as most likely to rise (gold is over $1,000 an ounce), while commercial banks came in second. Perhaps indicating that sentiment could easily swing either way, commercial banks also were viewed as the sector most likely to decline this week by participants in the survey.

Bank of America

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, the nation's largest bank, remains in the spotlight after last week's sudden resignation of CEO Ken Lewis. A report Monday from the

Wall Street Journal

has BofA choosing an emergency CEO if Lewis has to leave before the end of the year because of legal troubles.

The poll remains open until 9:15 a.m. EDT Monday.

Wall Street had it tough last week, with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average


S&P 500

losing 1.8%, and the

Nasdaq Composite

dropping 2% over the five days. The market took its biggest hit Thursday when jobless claims came in higher than expected. Stocks did fall on Friday, but only mildly, after nonfarm payrolls fell by 263,000 in September, topping expectations of 175,000. The unemployment rate increased to 9.8%.

Asian stocks were pressured Monday by Roubini's comments, the disappointing jobs numbers in the U.S. and a stronger yen. Stocks in Japan fell 0.6%. The dollar was trading at 89.90 yen from 89.40 on Friday. Stocks in Hong Kong bucked the trend and ended higher by 0.3%.

Stocks in Europe were having none of the pessimism, and were modestly higher Monday, trading just above the break-even line. U.S. premarket futures indicated stocks on Wall Street would open higher as investors look to snatch up stocks that tumbled late last week.

Here is a wrap-up of our other weekly polls:

The housing market saw positive data last week in the form of improved pending home sales figures and home prices. But that news could be important not just for homebuilders and REITs, but for home-furnishing retailers as well.

We asked the question, "As the housing market recovers, which home retailer is poised to profit?" You said it was


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, which garnered 40.3% of the vote. Rival

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came in second in the poll, with 32.7% of the vote.

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Last week, we turned to

readers to gauge their thoughts on the recent onslaught of deal announcements. Of five selected announced acquisitions, we asked readers: "After the dust settles on the following deals, which do you think will end up being best for investors?"


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attempts to procure



and its vast catalog of characters culled 21% of the votes for second place. But the overwhelming nod went to


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plan to wrangle

Affiliated Computer Services


, a deal that nabbed 37% of the vote.

For full results and analysis, click here


In last week's solar sector poll, we asked readers to turn their gaze to Germany. Given the re-election of Chancellor Angela Merkel last week and the ushering of Germany's center-right coalition government, many wonder just what changes are in store for the country.

For solar watchers, that means analyzing the country's feed-in tariff, which has been a lifeline in boosting the solar industry there and around the world. Most anticipate the subsidy will be cut. It only remains to be seen by just how much.

Considering that, we turned to

users to ask which non-German solar player of five preselected majors they thought would be most hurt by changes in the subsidy.

One solar operation very clearly topped the list:

First Solar

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, with 43% vote was the winner -- or more accurately, in this case, the loser. (The poll does, after all, reflect the sentiment of TheStreet users that the company would be the one to be most hurt by an FiT change in Deutschland.)

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As reported last week on


the threat to the airline sector appears to be waning

. The battle, then, no longer appears to be one against insolvency, but one between airline carriers fighting to solidify their place within the sector.

So we asked this week, "With the worst for the airline sector said to be over, which airline carrier will perform best in the final quarter of 2009?"

The answer, according to users of

, is

Delta Airlines

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, which nabbed 33.2% of the vote.

Southwest Airlines

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came in second with 22.9% of the vote.

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-- Written by Ty Wenger and Joseph Woelfel in New York

This article was written by staff members of