This column was originally published on RealMoney on Dec. 9 at 8:35 a.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers.

I received a few questions on the

Apple Computer

(AAPL) - Get Report

chart from Wednesday where I noted the pattern was bearish.

The obvious question was "why?"

Let's revisit the chart and take a closer look at what defines a bearish wedge.

First, let's go to

Technical Analysis of Stock Trends

, where they call my "bearish" wedge a "rising" wedge.

In a Rising Wedge ... there is a gradual petering out of investment interest. Prices advance, but each new up wave is feebler than the last. Finally, demand fails entirely and the trend reverses. Thus, a Rising Wedge typifies a situation which is growing progressively weaker in a technical sense.

Honestly, I don't know if that description is accurate.

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But it doesn't matter: experience shows me that when I see a pattern like Apple's, I get worried if I'm long.

Therefore, a stop below the uptrend line -- which is always prudent anyway -- is particularly important at this juncture.

And that is the final word from Reagan National, where people always paint retirement as a time to travel. Now, assuming there is such a thing as "retirement" anymore, I have to admit my interest in traveling is about zilch. Is there anyone who can still put up with all the hassle involved?

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Today, the

Nasdaq

, T2108,

Johnson & Johnson

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,

Goldman Sachs

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,

Yahoo!

(YHOO)

and the Philadelphia Housing Sector Index (HGX).

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Gary B. Smith is a freelance writer who trades for his own account from his Maryland home using technical analysis. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks.

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