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Stocks' continued rise contingent on Ukraine conflict not worsening

Traders focused on US economy, timing of Fed's rate hike

LAST week, the broad Standard & Poor's 500 closed near a new record high even as Russia and Ukraine moved to the brink of war and stocks will likely continue to rise as long as those nations don't go over the brink. Inured to tragedies in Iraq and Gaza, and the possibility of a regional war