Does Choppy Action Foreshadow Deeper Correction?

Early in today’s session the market looked like it was poised for a rousing start to the 4th quarter, but the rally faded and bulls were forced to settle with a mixed close. The Dow posted solid gains at 0.58%, while the Nasdaq slumped to a small loss. The S&P continues to hover near its 21-day moving average, and traders are waiting for the next definitive break before making big bets. Better-than-expected ISM manufacturing numbers provided an early boost, but the market couldn’t hold those gains as traders digested Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s comments on monetary policy.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) continued lower after Friday’s sell-off. Thursday’s Red Dog Reversal had given traders a chance for a quick cash-flow long trade, but AAPL’s inability to reclaim its 21-day MA was a tell-tale sign that a deeper pull-back was imminent. AAPL broke below pivot lows today, finishing down 1.16%, and looks poised to test its 50-day moving average around $650-651.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) remains the star among the high-beta tech stocks. The stock briefly made a new all-time high at $765 before pulling back slightly, but still finished the day up 0.96%. Headlines today read that GOOG is closing in on the market cap of Microsoft (MSFT), capping a meteoric rise for the search-based company. AAPL and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) are both waging a way against the Google machine, but investors seem to believe the company is strong enough to prosper.

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) was able to hold on to its overnight gains following a bullish cover story from Barron’s over the weekend. Barron’s stated its case that investors should keep their faith in the “smartest bank on Wall Street,” and that the current share price represents good value. GS was up nearly 5% at one point early in the session, but had to settle for a 2.8% gain on the day.

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Scott Redler is the Chief Strategic Officer of T3 Live. He develops all trading strategies for the service and acts as the face of T3 Live. Mr. Redler focuses on thorough preparation and discipline as a trader.

Mr. Redler has been trading equities for more than 10 years and has more recently received widespread recognition from the financial community for his insightful, pragmatic approach. He began his career as a broker and venture capitalist where he was able to facilitate relationships that led him into trading. Beginning his trading career at Broadway Trading in 1999, Mr. Redler moved on with Marc Sperling to Sperling Enterprises, LLC after establishing himself as one of the best young traders in the firm. As a manager at Sperling Enterprises, continued to trade actively while working closely with all traders in the firm to dramatically increase performance.

Mr. Redler has participated in more than 30 triathlons and one IronMan, exhibiting a work ethic that also defines his trading. His vast knowledge and meticulous attention to detail has led to regular appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, and he is a regular contributor to Minyanville and Forbes’ Intelligent Investing blog. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications.

Scott received a B.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from the State University of New York at Albany, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Albany's School of Business.

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