“It took just 175 days for the index to go from peak to trough to peak, a recovery that has come faster than any comparable one in the past. The previous 12 cycles that saw stocks recover from a drop of at least 20% took an average of four years.” Well, we’ve been able to flatten one curve: The downward stock market slide. Bloomberg: To Brink and Back in 175 Days: S&P 500 Briefly Tops Record Close.