The bulls ambled to another victory in TheStreet.com RealMoney Barometer survey, coming off a week in which the three major averages rose at least 7% apiece.

The bulls got 2,577, or 49% of the 5,264 votes cast. The bears got 1,691, or 32%, while neutral came in at 996, or 19%. It was the bulls' fourth victory in the past five weeks.

In the sectors, once again commercial banks was picked as most likely to rise and to fall, showing the volatile investor sentiment in this much-watched sector.

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 104.21 points, or 1.2%, to 8848.15, while the S&P 500 climbed 10.75 points, or 1.1%, to 951.13. The Nasdaq Composite edged up 22.68 points, or 1.2%, to 1909.29.

Caterpillar ( CAT) led the Dow, rising 7.8%, after Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded the stock to buy a day before the big industrial reports its second-quarter earnings.

News that CIT Group ( CIT) was getting rescue funding also helped lift the market.

Below are the complete poll results.
Date Bullish Bearish Neutral Week Ending
S&P % Change
Bullish
Sector
Bearish
Sector
July 20 2,577
(49%)
1,691
(32%)
996
(19%)
Commercial Banks Commercial Banks
July 13 508
(45%)
376
(33%)
254
(22%)
+0.7 Commercial Banks Commercial Banks
July 6 1,690
(32%)
2,715
(51%)
933
(17%)
-1.9 Precious Metals Commercial Banks
June 29 2,101
(45%)
1,568
(34%)
980
(21%)
-0.1 Commercial Banks Commercial Banks
June 22 2,182
(46%)
1,612
(34%)
955
(20%)
-2.4% Commercial Banks Commercial Banks

Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense 91 2%
Airlines 86 2%
Automobiles 133 3%
Beverages and Food Products 128 2%
Biotechnology 205 4%
Commercial Banks 801 15%
Computers and Peripherals 308 6%
Consumer Nondurables 83 2%
Energy Equipment & Services 422 8%
HMOs and Hospitals 83 2%
Homebuilding 222 4%
Insurance 65 1%
Integrated Oil 428 8%
Internet, Software Services 257 5%
Investment Bankers and Brokers 353 7%
Media 37 1%
Multiline Retail 41 1%
Pharmaceuticals 266 5%
Precious Metals 426 8%
Semis, Semi Equipment 235 4%
Telecom Equipment 124 2%
Tobacco and Alcohol 101 2%
Utilities 197 4%
Wireless Communications 142 3%
Total 5,244 100%

Sector Total Votes Percentage
Aerospace and Defense 132 3%
Airlines 370 7%
Automobiles 259 5%
Beverages and Food Products 69 1%
Biotechnology 103 2%
Commercial Banks 810 15%
Computers and Peripherals 146 3%
Consumer Nondurables 126 2%
Energy Equipment & Services 220 4%
HMOs and Hospitals 220 4%
Homebuilding 300 6%
Insurance 126 2%
Integrated Oil 383 7%
Internet, Software Services 118 2%
Investment Bankers and Brokers 331 6%
Media 125 2%
Multiline Retail 134 3%
Pharmaceuticals 226 4%
Precious Metals 373 7%
Semis, Semi Equipment 108 2%
Telecom Equipment 85 2%
Tobacco and Alcohol 156 3%
Utilities 176 3%
Wireless Communications 126 2%
Total 5,230 100%

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