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Bears Have Bulls for Dinner in Poll

Stocks start the week on a down note.

The bears prevailed over the bulls in the weekly RealMoney Barometer, despite an upbeat week for the stock market last week.

Of the 5,922 who took the poll, 2,685, or 45% were bearish. The bulls numbered 2,226, or 38%, while neutral worked out to 1,011, or 17%.

In the sectors, precious metals, bearishly, was seen as most likely to rise. Commercial banks was the sector picked as most likely to fall.

Last week the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 3.1%, the

S&P 500

added 3.3%, and the

Nasdaq Composite

climbed 5%.

The stock market was lower in recent trading Monday morning. The Dow was at 7941, down 76 points. The Nasdaq was lower by 30 points to 1591. The S&P 500 was off 11 points to 831.

Below are the complete poll results.