Minyanville's T3 Daily Recap: Violently Indecisive Market Could Be Set for Composure Change


The market is becoming increasingly erratic at upper levels as today the S&P (INDEXSP:.INX) gave back all of the gains from yesterday's snapback. Monday we saw the sharpest sell-off so far in 2013, but yesterday's bounce had traders once again throwing up their hands and wondering if it was back to the melt-up we have seen so far this year. However, this time the rally was short-lived and the S&P looks poised to potentially break its 50-day moving average.

Although the market has been remarkably resilient since Congress infamously settled the fiscal cliff squabble, there is certainly no guarantee that will continue forever. As a trader, you have to trust your process and rules, and you can't simply ignore the red flags that have increasingly popped up the last few weeks. The faulty signals have grown louder this week with the dislocation in commodities markets and continued relative weakness from key sectors like the Transports ETF (NYSEARCA:IYT), Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM), and the Homebuilders ETF (NYSEARCA:XHB).

When the market become violently indecisive, it can often be a precursor for lower prices, and I think that is what we are seeing. Anyone who has expressed that opinion so far this year has been made to look a fool, but I believe the signs are more compelling than they have been at any point during the past several months.

Apple ( AAPL ) finally took the plunge down through the $419 pivot support level, and briefly dipped below $400 for the first time since December 2011. Seven months ago it would have been hard to predict this type of demise for AAPL, but at each step of the way there were clues. What's next for AAPL after hitting this key psychological level?

The banks also look like they could be set to continue lower after most of the sector heavyweights reported earnings in the last several days. JPMorgan ( JPM ), Wells Fargo ( WFC ), and Goldman Sachs ( GS ) all delivered what looked like solid earnings reports, but the market sold them off the following session. Citigroup ( C ) delivered a very strong report, and is also struggling to hold onto those gains. Bank of America (BAC) was a dog today on heavy volume after delivering a mediocre report, dropping 4.72%.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: AAPL , C , GS , JPM , WFC



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