Hear Bears Roar in Poll - TheStreet

The bears not unexpectedly carried the sentiment in this week's TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer survey.

The bears got 615, or 42% of the votes cast. Bulls took home 445 votes, or 31%. Neutral came in at 26%, or 383 votes.

In the sectors, once again it was integrated oil tapped as most likely to rise, with the bedraggled homebuilders seen as most likely to fall.

Energy equipment and services, and precious metals were two others sectors with a significant number of bullish votes this week.

Investment banks and brokerages, and commercial banks were two sectors seen as falling.

That's not surprising considering the pounding those banks took last week as fear of the subprime contagion spread.

Last week, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

fell 4.2%, the

S&P 500

lost 4.9%, and the

Nasdaq Composite

shed 4.6%.

The weekly declines were the worst since September 2002 for the S&P and since March 2003 for the Dow.

Light, sweet crude oil for September delivery was recently trading 16 cents a barrel lower on the Nymex, but was still at a lofty $76.67 a barrel.

Stocks rebounded on Monday, with the Dow closing at 13,358.31, up 93 points. The Nasdaq finished at 2583.28, up 21 points, and the

S&P 500

finished at 1473.91, up about 15 points.

Sun Microsystems

blew past analysts' profit expectations Monday, notching its third straight quarter in the black and sending its stock surging.

The company made good on a promise to the Street to bolster its operating profit margin. Shares were up 50 cents, more than 10%, to $5.39 in extended trading Monday.

Below are the complete poll results.

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