Note the three doji candles the past three days. If you're not familiar with candlesticks, a doji essentially shows investor indecision. The question becomes whether these three indecison days in retrospected ended up being consolidation days or whether they will have meant that investors were getting nervous about the potential government shut-down and earnings season ahead.
My two cents? Given that the financials managed to outperform today and yesterday's jigginess in the semiconductors, the tape might head higher after these consolidation days.