While investors shunned stock mutual funds in 2009 despite their dramatic comeback, they may finally be poised to return to the stock market via long-term funds, The Wall Street Journal reports.

In the first quarter of this year, investors placed $19 billion into stock funds, compared to $41 billion in redemptions a year ago. Since their March 9, 2009 low, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index have risen 70%.

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