The bulls are still in control of sentiment in the RealMoney Barometer poll, but not as decisively as they had been the past two weeks.

The bulls got 615, or 42%, of the 1,443 votes cast. The bears came in with 445 votes, or 31%. Neutral was the choice of 383 people, or 26%.

The past two weeks, the bulls had gotten 69% of the votes.

In the sectors, integrated oil was tapped as most likely to rise this week. Homebuilding, as usual, was picked as most likely to fall.

Other sectors expected to rise this week are energy equipment and services, and precious metals.

Sectors seen as more likely to fall included investment bankers and brokers, and commercial banks.

The stock market rebounded Monday with more news on the M&A front. Oil drillers


(RIG) - Get Report




will join forces. The combined company will have an enterprise value of $53 billion, and shareholders will receive cash totaling $15 billion.

Another deal had


, a

private-equity firm, preparing to acquire

United Rentals

(URI) - Get Report

for $2.83 billion, and


(BCS) - Get Report

has raised its bid for

ABN Amro

( ABN) to more than $93 billion.


Arrow International

( ARRO) agreed to be bought by


(TFX) - Get Report

for $2 billion, and


( EVVV) and


( FOXH) will merge in a $780 million transaction.


Dow Jones Industrial Average

was higher by 115 points on Monday, to 13,967, with about an hour left in the trading day. The

Nasdaq Composite

was up 9.5 points, to 2697, and the

S&P 500

was trading higher by about 12 points, to 1546.

Below are the complete poll results.

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