Is the market fearing and predicting Obama's re-election?- could be.
Is the marked sensing that the latest everlasting QE doesn't have enough oomph! to push the markets even higher?
Is the EU unraveling even further in spite of relative calm on the surface?
Is China entering their "1930s like" depression?
The answer is that's likely all of the above and that it doesn't really matter, at least from the technical analysis perspective.
Let's just look at some of the charts from my stockcharts.com collection.
On the other side of the coin are commodities, and if you look at the gold's chart, there is a triple top at 1800 with logic calling now for revisitation of the triple bottom at 1525. Which brings a question: is there a such thing as quadruple bottom?
On the equity side, check this long-term SPX chart to see how transitions from cyclical bull to cyclical bear look like.
Index breaking 40 weeks MA, MA turning down and failure of the index to break out from below. Admittedly, there was one false bear signal last year, but do not expect false signals to become a norm, so watch it very carefuly for the signal.
Lastly, another of my old charts, showing that NASDAQ has reached a level that is a perfect setup for a top: 50% retracement of the early 2000s decline and the bottom of the first wave of the decline from that era.
Well, having said all that bearish stuff, please keep in mind that others' opinions are important for their contrarian value mainly.