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Main Street warming up to stocks

8:48 PM, Jan. 25, 2013
Trader Jonathan Corpina, left, and Bradley Bailey work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Trader Jonathan Corpina, left, and Bradley Bailey work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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With the broad U.S. stock market flirting with an all-time high four years after the worst stock plunge since the Great Depression, a slew of signs are emerging that suggest Main Street investors may be in the early stages of ending their self-imposed exile from the stock market.

While the stock market still is unlikely to win any popularity contests, data and anecdotal evidence suggest retail investors are more bullish on stocks than they've been in years, less fearful of a market collapse, and warming to the idea of putting their money at risk and investing again in mutual funds that own U.S. ...

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