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Apple Pointing To Tech Breakdown?

Shares of Apple led the tech rally earlier this year, with the stock hitting record high after record high.

But, recently, Apple has lagged the Nasdaq. To many investors that doesn’t seem like cause for concern; they say it's consolidation. But Fast trader Steve Cortes of Veracruz isn’t like most investors. He’s worried.

"Apple has been the Atlas of the market," says Cortes during a live interview on CNBC's Fast Money. "But since earnings on October 18th Apple has gone up only 2% while Google - another huge Nasdaq component - is down 2%."

"Together Apple and Google make up 25% of the Nasdaq 100 – and together they’re sideways. However the broad Nasdaq is up 7% over the same time, he says, and historically that relationship is unsustainable."

In other words, according to Cortes's thesis, something’s gotta’ give. Either Apple and Google are lagging and will play catch up or the Nasdaq is ahead of itself. He thinks it's the latter.

”When the two most important generals of the army get shot, you have to worry,” Cortes says.


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Trader disclosure: On December 27th, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are short the Euro; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are short the Yen; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Steel; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Gold; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Crude Oil; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Nat Gas; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Silver; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Copper; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Orange Juice; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Soybeans; Funds Managed by Dennis Gartman are long Wheat; Scaramucci and Skybridge Capital are long USD; Scaramucci and Skybridge Capital own (AAPL); Scaramucci and Skybridge Capital own (C); Scaramucci and Skybridge Capital own (CSCO); Scaramucci and Skybridge Capital own (GS); Scaramucci and Skybridge Capital own (HRB); Scaramucci and Skybridge Capital own (MS); Terranova owns (UPL); Terranova owns (C); Terranova owns (PEP); Terranova owns (VRTS); Terranova owns (OXY); Terranova owns (GS); Cortes is short (LVS); Cortes is short (XRT) vs. the S&P; Cortes owns (TSN); Cortes is long USD vs. the Australian Dollar and the Mexican Peso; Cortes is short Gold; Cortes is short Nat Gas; Cortes is short Corn; Jon Najarian owns (AAPL), is short (AAPL) calls; Jon Najarian owns (MSFT), is short (MSFT) calls; Jon Najarian owns (XLF), is short (XLF) calls; Jon Najarian owns (MS), is short (MS) calls; Jon Najarian owns (BAC), is short (BAC) calls; Jon Najarian owns (CME), is short (CME) calls; jon Najarian owns (CBOE), is short (CBOE) calls; Jon Najarian owns (V), is short (V) calls; Jon Najarian owns (NKE), is short (NKE) calls; Jon Najarian owns (ADBE), is short (ADBE) calls; Jon Najarian owns (GDXJ), is short (GDXJ) calls; jon Najarian owns (MCP), is short (MCP) calls; Jon Najarian owns (REE), is short (REE) calls; Jon Najarian owns (XLF), is short (XLF) calls


JOE TERRANOVA
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TODD GORDON
Gordon is long U.S. Treasuries

DOUG KASS
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JOHN STEPHENSON
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MIKE KHOUW
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GARTMAN SOT
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ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI SOT
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