US equities have been on a tear over the past few months. In fact, until it occurred on August 2 nd, the S&P 500 Index had not suffered a 1% drawdown for more than two months. Unfortunately for equity investors, the market climate will not always be as easy as it has been. Simply put, “if it were easy, everyone would be rich.” In the past two weeks, the US equities have blindsided complacent investors. First, news broke that the Fitch Rating agency was slapping the US debt market with a rare downgrade (the only other was in 2011, and the market dropped nearly 20% rapidly) Image Source: TradingView ( Next, Apple ( AAPL Quick Quote AAPL - Free Report) ) added to the pain when it reported revenue that fell 1% while diluted EPS was up a sluggish 5% year-over-year. Over the past two weeks, AAPL has fallen nearly 10% and given up two months of gains in two weeks, dragging down tech with it. Apple holds a massive weighting of 7.6% of the S&P 500 Index. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research ( Nevertheless, investors can easily fall into the trap of suffering from “recency bias”. At the time of this writing, the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 ETF ( QQQ Quick Quote QQQ - Free Report) ( ) is up a whopping 41.16% year-to-date, with the S&P 500 Index ETF ( SPY Quick Quote SPY - Free Report) ( ) (+17.99%), the Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust ( DIA Quick Quote DIA - Free Report) ( ) (+6.87%), and the Russel 2000 ETF ( IWM Quick Quote IWM - Free Report) ) (+11.79%), respectively. In other words, in the scheme of things, equities are still in a raging bull market. Below are 5 reasons the market may be ready for a short-term bounce: Market sentiment is high but has cooled: The CNN Fear & Greed Index is a contrarian indicator that gauges the overall view and emotions of the market to measure whether it’s being driven by fear or greed. In the past two weeks, sentiment has backed off from “Extreme Greed” to “Greed”, despite the relatively mild pullback in the market – evidence that investors are still skittish. Image Source: CNN No More Hikes? Continued improvement on the inflation front has investors betting that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates again this year, giving a less than 10% chance in September (according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool) Image Source: CME Group Seasonality: September tends to be a historically weak period for stocks. However, typically, stocks tend to find a bottom about mid-way through the month before chopping around again in early September. Image Source: Equity Clock Chart: While the QQQ index has been weak in recent days, it is pulling into an inflection area which includes retracing to its previous break-out zone, filling daily price gaps, triggering an oversold signal, and testing its 50-day moving average. Image Source: TradingView ( Market Leader Pulling into Support: “was a quote by Charles Wilson, CEO of As Goes GM, So Goes the Nation” General Motors ( GM Quick Quote GM - Free Report) in a congressional hearing in 1953. The argument he made was simple – GM was so large and essential to the economy, that the country was dependent on its performance to a large degree. ), ( One can argue that today’s market leader is Nvidia ( NVDA Quick Quote NVDA - Free Report) ). NVDA is high-growth, trending well, and is the poster child of the AI revolution. The stock is pulling into its 50-day moving average for the first time since breaking out – an area likely to find buyers. Image Source: TradingView ( Other market generals and members of the “Magnificent 7,” such as Tesla ( TSLA Quick Quote TSLA - Free Report) ( ), Meta Platforms ( META Quick Quote META - Free Report) ( ) and Amazon ( AMZN Quick Quote AMZN - Free Report) ) are pulling into support zones as well. Takeaway Though the market has changed its character recently, investors must keep a sense of context and fight against recency bias. Several factors suggest that the recent decline in stocks is close to an end and that the pullback is “normal” and not the start of a bear market.