It's a rough time for the stock market, and emotions are running high. More than 3,500 people -- a record -- voted in this week's TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer survey, with the sentiment decidedly bearish.

The bears took 64% -- a whopping 2,334 -- of the 3,651 votes cast. The bulls got 19%, or 697 votes, while neutral came in at 17%, or 620 votes.

In the sectors, the safe haven of precious metals was tapped as most likely to rise, with commercial banks seen as most likely falling.

The market was rebounding some lately from a drastically down open. The Federal Reserve announced an intermeeting 75-basis-point cut in the fed funds rate before the market opened today.

The major stock averages took a pounding last week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing lower by 4%, and the Nasdaq down 4.1%. The S&P 500 was the worst performer, ending down 5.4% over the five sessions.

Other sectors expected to rise this week were tobacco and alcohol, and beverages and food products. Sectors expected to fall were investment banks and brokers, and insurance.

Below are the complete poll results.


Date Bullish Bearish Neutral Week Ending
S&P % Change
Bullish
Sector
Bearish
Sector
Jan.
21
697
(19%)
2,334
(64%)
620
(17%)
Precious Metals Commercial Banks
Jan.
14
501
(29%)
860
(49%)
375
(22%)
- 5.4% Precious Metals Investment Bank and Brokers
Jan.
7
589
(23%)
1,435
(55%)
569
(22%)
- 4.5% Precious Metals Commercial Banks
Dec.
31
208
(34%)
237
(39%)
164
(27%)
- 4.5% Energy Equipment & Services Homebuilding


Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense 20 1%
Airlines 99 3%
Automobiles 137 4%
Beverages and Food Products 22 1%
Biotechnology 21 1%
Commercial Banks 1,029 28%
Computers and Peripherals 50 1%
Consumer Nondurables 45 1%
Energy Equipment & Services 94 3%
HMOs and Hospitals 6 0%
Homebuilding 324 9%
Insurance 335 9%
Integrated Oil 168 5%
Internet, Software Services 34 1%
Investment Banks and Brokers 726 20%
Media 14 0%
Multiline Retail 78 2%
Pharmaceuticals 31 1%
Precious Metals 165 5%
Semis, Semi Equipment 49 1%
Telecom Equipment 37 1%
Tobacco and Alcohol 27 1%
Utilities 48 1%
Wireless Communications 47 1%
Source: RealMoney.com


Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense 107 3%
Airlines 55 2%
Automobiles 15 0%
Beverages and Food Products 246 7%
Biotechnology 146 4%
Commercial Banks 157 4%
Computers and Peripherals 209 6%
Consumer Nondurables 96 3%
Energy Equipment & Services 174 5%
HMOs and Hospitals 131 4%
Homebuilding 37 1%
Insurance 29 1%
Integrated Oil 153 4%
Internet, Software Services 142 4%
Investment Bankers and Brokers 75 2%
Media 7 0%
Multiline Retail 27 1%
Pharmaceuticals 241 7%
Precious Metals 653 18%
Semis, Semi Equipment 74 2%
Telecom Equipment 50 1%
Tobacco and Alcohol 404 11%
Utilities 356 10%
Wireless Communications 46 1%
Source: RealMoney.com

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