The bears are sitting back atop the sentiment mountain in RealMoney Barometer market poll.

The bears' victory not surprisingly follows the worst week for the stock market in a few years.

The poll's turnout also was huge, with 2,603 votes and more than 1,000 of those bearish. The bears ended up with 1,133 votes (43%), while the bulls scored 694 (27%) and neutral got 776 (30%).

The sectors shook out the same way they have for four weeks now: Precious metals was the most bullish one and homebuilding the most bearish.

Other sectors that fared well were integrated oil and beverages and food products, the latter's showing likely due to some investors making a flight to safety.

Other bearish sectors were investment bankers and brokers, and commercial banks.

The U.S. market is coming off a week in which the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

tumbled 4.2% and the

S&P 500

dropped 4.4%, the worst weekly performance for both since early 2003.


Nasdaq Composite

plummeted 5.9% to notch its highest weekly percentage loss since August 2004.

Asian shares, whose volatility last week pressured the U.S., lost ground again as the Japanese yen rallied against the world's major currencies. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was hit hardest, down 4%. The Shanghai and Shenzhen 300 slumped 1.3%, and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 slid 2.3%.

Stocks were mixed in recent trading Monday. The Dow was up 29 points to 12,142.86, while the Nasdaq was off 7 points to 2360.76, and the S&P was lower by 2 points to 1385.18.

Crude oil futures were trading substantially lower on Monday. Light, sweet crude for April delivery was recently trading at $60.27 a barrel, down $1.37.

Below are the complete poll results.

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