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Stock Market Quest to Stand Firm Against Everything Comes Apart

  • S&P 500 falls for first week in three amid Fed, Ukraine angst
  • Retreat is bad news for bulls who just poured money in stocks

The pain tolerance of stock bulls may be formidable, but it isn’t endless.

That became apparent Friday, when after standing firm against a week’s worth of steadily worsening news, major indexes finally gave up weekly gains and slipped resoundingly into the red. Two days of Federal Reserve hectoring softened resolve before a dose of geopolitical panic pushed the S&P 500 down 75 points and capped the biggest two-day drop in 16 months.