The bulls took back the poll crown from the bears after having relinquished it last week for the first time since March. But they didn't regain it without a fight.

The bulls garnered 322, or 37%, of the 881 votes cast in TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer. The bears managed 272 votes, or 31%, while neutral came in even higher, with 287 votes, or 33%.

In the sectors, energy equipment and services was tapped as most likely to rise this week. Homebuilders once again was seen as most likely to fall.

Other sectors expected to do well this week were integrated oil and wireless devices. (Maybe

Apple's

(AAPL) - Get Report

rollout of its new iPhone to much fanfare Friday played a part in that.)

Investment banks and brokers, and commercial banks were two sectors seen as more likely to fall this week.

Light, sweet crude oil for August delivery was trading slightly higher recently in a volatile session on the Nymex.

It was up 3 cents a barrel, to $71.12, after having fallen as low as $69.57.

M&A was making news on Monday as several private-equity deals were announced, including GSO Capital Partners' $1.1 billion buyout of ice and bottled-water producer

Reddy Ice

(FRZ)

).

Also Carlyle Group said it will buy

Manor Care

(HCR) - Get Report

for $67 a share, making the deal worth $6.3 billion.

Virgin Media

(VMED)

rose nearly 20% after Carlyle Group was said to have bid $11.1 billion to take the company private. The stock was recently up $4.58, or 18.8%, to $28.95.

Stocks were considerably higher on Monday, with the

Dow Jones Industial Average

recently trading higher by 106 points, to 13,514.62.

The

Nasdaq Composite

was up 26 points to 2628.78, and the

S&P 500

was at 1516.34, up 13 points.

Wall Street will take it easier this week. The stock market will clost at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, and will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday Wednesday. Below are the complete poll results.

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