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The market zoomed up on Friday, partly as the result of a tweet that seemed to indicate Russia was seeking to "de-escalate" the crisis in Ukraine. Given how many stops and starts this unfolding situation has already had, I would take any news of this sort with more than a pinch of salt.

What the big rally Friday did show is how significant geopolitical concerns are right now as a headwind to equities. Earnings season is mostly over. We get some more economic reports this week, including monthly retail sales, July industrial production and consumer confidence measures. However, I believe the market is mostly directionless here -- and is likely to be so for a while....450 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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