(Bloomberg) — Respite for the battered US stock market may be just a couple of Federal Reserve policy meetings away.

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That’s the scenario laid out by strategists including Kristina Hooper of Invesco, who said September is a possible time-frame for the US central bank to pivot to a slightly less aggressive stance on monetary tightening.

“That could be a real catalyst for US stocks,” Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco, said Monday in a Bloomberg Radio interview. The Fed can adopt a less hawkish demeanor in the last quarter in part if inflation expectations are well-anchored, she added.

A fixation on slowing growth is percolating across markets — leading investors to scale back expectations of how high borrowing costs can go to fight inflation as well as price in Fed interest-rate cuts next year.

One view is that a less belligerent central bank is the needed tonic for stocks after they slid into a bear market this year. That said, sticky price pressures and creaking corporate earnings remain significant pain points for equities.

A major turn from the Fed could occur at its Sept. 21 policy meeting, according to Chris Weston, head of research at Pepperstone Group.

“One where they will pivot to a more accommodative stance, and this could be the trigger for a bullish turn in risk into year-end — a view the rates market is guiding to and one that is becoming consensus,” he wrote in a note on Monday.

The 10-year US Treasury yield, which approached 3.50% in June, has now dropped to 2.88% amid the growth jitters and rethink of the monetary outlook.

Over at JPMorgan Chase & Co., strategists led by Mislav Matejka say the risk-reward for equities will start to look more attractive in the second half of the year as the Fed policy becomes more balanced following July and September rate hikes.

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The Fed “will do faster now and then slow down a little bit,” Christian Nolting, Deutsche Bank AG private bank global chief investment officer, said in a recent interview. The Jackson Hole economic symposium in August will be one that markets will closely watch for clues, Nolting said.

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