The bears got a plurality in this week's TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer, no doubt fueled by last week's major drop in the stock market.

However, the margin wasn't as large as some may have expected after the approval of the $700 billion bailout of the financial services industry.

The bears took 46%, or 1,559 of the 3,350 votes cast. The bulls countered with 34%, or 1,145 votes. Neutral was the sentiment of 646 voters, or 19%.

Last week, the Dow lost 7.3%, the S&P 500 stumbled 9.4%, and the Nasdaq plummeted 14%.

In the sectors, commercial banks was picked as most likely to rise this week, with automakers seen as most likely falling. The credit crunch and still rather highgasoline prices are not conducive to strong automobile sales.

Below are the complete poll results.

Date Bullish Bearish Neutral Week Ending
S&P % Change
Bullish
Sector
Bearish
Sector
Oct
6
1145
(34%)
1559
(47%)
646
(19%)
Commercial Banks Automobiles
Sep
29
32
(39%)
35
(43%)
14
(17%)
poll-9.4% Commercial Banks Integrated Oil
Sep
22
271
(39%)
260
(38%)
158
(23%)
-3.3% Commercial Banks Investment Bankers and Brokers
Sept
16
261
(34%)
382
(50%)
117
(15%)
+0.1% Precious Metals Investment Bankers and Brokers
Sept
8
652
(58%)
333
(30%)
130
(12%)
+0.8% Commercial Banks Integrated Oil

Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense 55 2%
Airlines 116 4%
Automobiles 388 12%
Beverages and Food Products 24 1%
Biotechnology 16 0%
Commercial Banks 359 11%
Computers and Peripherals 100 3%
Consumer Nondurables 101 3%
Energy Equipment & Services 185 6%
HMOs and Hospitals 16 0%
Homebuilding 258 8%
Insurance 159 5%
Integrated Oil 307 9%
Internet, Software Services 64 2%
Investment Bankers and Brokers 341 10%
Media 39 1%
Multiline Retail 207 64%
Pharmaceuticals 25 1%
Precious Metals 330 10%
Semis, Semi Equipment 47 1%
Telecom Equipment 51 2%
Tobacco and Alcohol 32 1%
Utilities 51 2%
Wireless Communications 43 1%
Source: RealMoney.com

Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense 70 2%
Airlines 77 2%
Automobiles 28 1%
Beverages and Food Products 262 8%
Biotechnology 195 6%
Commercial Banks 634 19%
Computers and Peripherals 52 2%
Consumer Nondurables 127 4%
Energy Equipment & Services 214 6%
HMOs and Hospitals 49 1%
Homebuilding 66 2%
Insurance 92 3%
Integrated Oil 130 4%
Internet, Software Services 44 1%
Investment Bankers and Brokers 219 7%
Media 15 0%
Multiline Retail 25 1%
Pharmaceuticals 215 6%
Precious Metals 412 12%
Semis, Semi Equipment 27 1%
Telecom Equipment 23 1%
Tobacco and Alcohol 171 5%
Utilities 145 4%
Wireless Communications 35 1%
Source: RealMoney.com

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