The stock market may be volatile lately and the economic climate uncertain, but participants in TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer poll are optimistic.

For the second week in a row, bullishness was the predominant sentiment in the poll. The bulls took 903, or 42% of the 2,152 votes. The bears had 635 votes, or 32%, while neutral came in at 614.

In the sectors, as it has been for the past five weeks, commercial banks was seen as most likely to rise. Homebuilding was the sector most see as declining this week.

Below are the complete poll results.

Date Bullish Bearish Neutral Week Ending
S&P % Change
Bullish
Sector
Bearish
Sector
Oct.
20
903
(42%)
635
(29%)
614
(29%)
Commercial Banks Homebuilding
Oct.
13
629
(45%)
441
(32%) each
314
(23%)
+5% Commercial Banks Automobiles
Oct.
6
1,145
(34%)
1,559
(47%)
646
(19%)
-18% Commercial Banks Automobiles
Sept.
29
32
(39%)
35
(43%)
14
(17%)
poll-9.4% Commercial Banks Integrated Oil
Sept.
22
271
(39%)
260
(38%)
158
(23%)
-3.3% Commercial Banks Investment Bankers and Brokers

Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense
52
2%
Airlines
91
4%
Automobiles
233
11%
Beverages and Food Products
30
1%
Biotechnology
12
1%
Commercial Banks
170
8%
Computers and Peripherals
47
2%
Consumer Nondurables
65
3%
Energy Equipment & Services
107
5%
HMOs and Hospitals
10
0%
Homebuilding
269
13%
Insurance
77
4%
Integrated Oil
215
10%
Internet, Software Services
28
1%
Investment Bankers and Brokers
122
6%
Media
46
2%
Multiline Retail
147
7%
Pharmaceuticals
27
1%
Precious Metals
220
10%
Semis, Semi Equipment
29
1%
Telecom Equipment
23
1%
Tobacco and Alcohol
27
1%
Utilities
49
2%
Wireless Communications
35
2%
Total
2134
100.00%
Source: RealMoney.com

Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense
45
2%
Airlines
91
4%
Automobiles
28
1%
Beverages and Food Products
141
7%
Biotechnology
88
4%
Commercial Banks
250
12%
Computers and Peripherals
58
3%
Consumer Nondurables
65
3%
Energy Equipment & Services
231
11%
HMOs and Hospitals
29
1%
Homebuilding
18
1%
Insurance
37
2%
Integrated Oil
207
10%
Internet, Software Services
78
4%
Investment Bankers and Brokers
82
4%
Media
15
1%
Multiline Retail
8
0%
Pharmaceuticals
183
9%
Precious Metals
161
8%
Semis, Semi Equipment
32
1%
Telecom Equipment
25
1%
Tobacco and Alcohol
126
6%
Utilities
114
5%
Wireless Communications
26
1%
Total
2141
100%
Source: RealMoney.com
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