The bulls and bears had a major tussle in TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer poll this week.
The bears, perhaps inspired by Friday's 366-point selloff Friday on the 20th anniversary of Black Friday, got 40%, or 1,069, of the 2,660 votes cast. The bulls weren't far behind, with 36%, or 948. Neutral was the outlook of 643 voters, or 24%.
In the sectors, precious metals was tapped as most likely to rise this week. Commercial banks, not surprisingly considering the lousy week of bank earnings, was picked as most likely to fall this week.
Other sectors expected to rise this week were computers and peripherals, and Internet and software services.
Other sectors expected to fall back this week were homebuilding, and investment banks and brokers.
The major stock averages finished up on Monday after a volatile day. The
Dow Jones Industrial Average
was higher by 45 points to 13,567. The
closed higher by about 29 points, to 2754. The
moved up 6 points to 1,506.
Light, sweet crude oil futures for November closed up 4 cents to $87.56 a barrel in Nymex trading.
Below are the complete poll results.
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