The bulls still rule in The RealMoney Barometer survey, but not by as much as they had been.

They received 43%, or 328 of the 761 votes cast; the bears got 221 votes or 29%, and neutral came in at 28%, or 212 votes.

Once again, the sectors were the same, with energy equipment and services picked as most likely to rise, with homebuilding seen as most likely to fall this week.

Other sectors seen as rising this week were investment bankers and brokers, and integrated oil. Others seen as falling were precious metals and utilities.

In stock news,




shares rose 2% Monday on news that the stalled merger has moved toward a review. Both companies have seen their stock drop 28% since merger plans were announced in February.

In recent trading Monday, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

was at 13,453.24, up 28.85 points. The

Nasdaq Composite

was at 2578.98, up 5.44 points, and the

S&P 500

was trading at 1512.73, up 5.06.

After the action of the past few days, traders will be watching the fixed-income market.

Lately, the 10-year Treasury was down 5/32 in price, yielding 5.13%, and the 30-year bond was down 11/32 in price to yield 5.23%. Prices and yields move inversely.

Last week, the U.S. market was battered Tuesday through Thursday as a sharp rise in yields sidelined the bulls.

The Dow lost 400 points during the three sessions, while the S&P fell 49 points and the Nasdaq gave up 77.

On Friday, stocks recovered part of the losses, with the Dow rising 157.66 points to 13,424.39, and the S&P 500 adding 16.95 points to 1507.67. The Nasdaq rose 32.16 points to 2573.54.

Crude oil futures on the Nymex were down 6 cents a barrel Monday to $65.91.

Below are the complete poll results.

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