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Bears Take Sentiment Poll

The market is coming off a great week but RealMoney Barometer poll is contrarian.

The stock market recorded one of its best runs ever last week, but maybe it came too far too fast.

In RealMoney Barometer, bears recorded 601, or 44% of the 1,366 votes cast. The bulls got 448, or 33%, while neutral came in at 23%, with 317 votes.

Perhaps the voters were prescient. On Monday, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

took a huge dive, dropping almost 680 points. The

S&P 500

lost 80 points, while the

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Nasdaq Composite

gave up 137.5 points.

In the sectors, automobiles was seen as most likely to rise, perhaps owing to an expected federal bailout this week. Multiline retail was seent as most likely to fall, maybe due to a lack of confidence in this year's holiday shopping season.

Last week, the Dow gained 9.7%, the S&P 500 rose 12% and the Nasdaq added 11%.

Below are the complete poll results.

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