The bears came out on top in a tight battle in TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer this week.

The bears took 453, or 37%, of the votes cast. The bulls got 419, or 34%, while neutral came in with 350 votes, or 29%.

In the sectors, energy equipment and services was most expected to rise this week, while homebuilding was seen as most likely to fall.

Last week, the bears went over the millennium mark with 1,029, or 43%, of the 2,383 votes cast.

The stock market took a beating on Monday, with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

closing down 218 points to 12,958, the

Nasdaq Composite

finishing lower by 44 points to 2593, and the

S&P 500

dropping 25 points to 1433.

Below are the complete poll results.

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