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The stock market's steadier performance recently on the heels of the subprime credit mess is making for a bullish outlook in RealMoney Barometer survey.

The bulls captured the sentiment for the third week in a row, garnering 109 votes, or 48% of the 226 cast. The bears got 38%, or 86 votes, and neutral was the outlook of 31, or 14%, of the 226 votes cast.

In the sectors, integrated oil was seen as most likely to rise, with homebuilding most expected to fall.

Other sectors expected to fare well this week were precious metals, and energy equipment and services.

Other sectors expected to decline this week were investment banks and brokers, and airlines.

Among tech shares,



jumped nearly 7% after Bear Stearns named the Internet company one of its top picks.



was up 4.1% a day before it is expected to unveil an update to its iPod product line.

General Motors


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was also a bright spot on the Dow after the automaker posted an unexpected 6.1% rise in auto sales last month. Shares of GM, one of the Dow's 30 components, were up 2.5%.

The stock market was up handsomely on Tuesday. The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

closed at 13,448.86, up 91.12 points. The

Nasdaq Composite

closed at 2630.24, up 33.88 points, and the

S&P 500

finished at 1,489.42, up 15.43 points.

The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index slipped slightly last month to 52.9 from 53.8 in July, essentially in line with estimates.

Crude oil for October delivery was up $1.04 a barrel, settling at $75.08 Tuesday.

Trading is only four days this week, with the markets having been closed on Monday for Labor Day.

Below are the complete poll results.

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