Updated from 5 a.m. EDTNEW YORK ( TheStreet) --- Positive earnings brought about a negative response from investors last week. And as a new trading week begins, that same negative vibe appears prevalent. As of 6:55 a.m. EDT Monday, participants who were bearish in the TheStreet's Bull vs. Bear poll tallied 354 votes, or 48.1% of the total 736 votes cast. Bulls scored 309 votes, or 42% of the total, while survey-takers who were neutral on the stock market this week came in at 73 votes, or 9.9%. Last week started off well enough when Alcoa's ( AA) earnings topped analysts' estimates, and then JPMorgan Chase's ( JPM) earnings skyrocketed. In fact, according to Thomson Reuters, almost 70% of the S&P 500 companies that reported last week topped estimates. But when General Electric ( GE)and Bank of America ( BAC) came in Friday with revenue that was below expectations, the stock market sold off and the major stock indices closed down 2.5% or more on Friday. Adding to investor woes on Friday was a report that showed consumer confidence had fallen. Earlier in the week other macroeconomic releases revealed an economic recovery in the U.S. and the globe could be stalling. This week 122 companies in the S&P 500 are scheduled to report earnings. Investors get reports the likes of IBM ( IBM), Coca-Cola ( KO), Goldman Sachs ( GS), Apple ( AAPL) and American Express ( AXP). Participants in the TheStreet's Bull vs. Bear poll viewed the commercial banks sector as the sector most likely to rise and fall this week. Premarket futures suggest stocks will rise when Wall Street opens Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished last week down 1%, the S&P 500 lost 1.2% and Nasdaq edged lower by 0.8%. Asian stocks closed mostly lower Monday while European stocks were higher, reversing earlier losses. > > Bull or Bear? Vote in Our Poll The poll closes at 9:15 a.m.