The bulls are back in command of TheStreet.com Real Money Barometer survey.
Of the 1,101 people who voted, 421, or 38%, were bullish. Bearish and neutral sentiments were in a practical dead heat, with bears getting 339 votes and neutral copping 341, statistically about 31% each.
In the sectors, investment banks and brokers was tapped as most likely to rise this week. Homebuilding, once again, was seen as falling -- and the mess in subprime mortgages likely isn't helping.
Other sectors that voters liked were integrated oil and energy equipment and services. Other not-so-favored sectors were, interestingly, investment banks and brokers and commercial banks.
Making news Monday was
, which has agreed to pay about $14.4 billion for
, a subsidiary of the Dutch chemical and drug conglomerate
Trading in shares of
New Century Financial
was halted Monday as the
New York Stock Exchange
began a review of the company's listing status. The NYSE said in press release that it could either suspend trading or resume it, depending on what its review determines. The Big Board said its examination is "due to the review of recent disclosures involving the company's ongoing liquidity and financing efforts."
Opening in the shares was delayed after a New Century regulatory filing earlier Monday outlined the subprime mortgage lender's liquidity problems. The filing said
withdrew its financing on Friday, just a day after it had kept New Century afloat with a $265 million package.
The major averages were hanging in on Monday. The
Dow Jones Industrial Average
was trading at 12,309, up 33 points; the
was at 2397, higher by 9 points, while the
was trading at 1404, up a little less than 2 points.
Light, sweet crude oil futures for April were recently down 97 cents a barrel in Nymex trading to $59.08.
Below are the complete poll results.
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