Stock Market Today: Stocks Down, Cement Another Week of Losses

Mixed signals out of Russia and the Fed's much-anticipated March meeting next week kept investors on the defensive Friday.

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Wall Street's major indexes struggled to find direction during the week's final session as investors tried to interpret various signals concerning Russia's war with Ukraine, and perhaps, looked ahead to next week's Federal Reserve decision.

Early Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his negotiators claimed there were "certain positive shifts" in peace talks, although no concrete progress had been made. However, hours later, President Joe Biden announced a pair of economic volleys on Russia.

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for Kiplinger.com, and the Managing Editor for InvestorPlace.com before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.