After several weeks of caution, mutual fund investors appear to be coming back into the market, as investors plunked down an estimated $6.1 billion for the two business days ending Dec. 28, according to

. U.S. funds saw inflows of more than $5 billion for the two days ending Thursday. International funds had inflows of almost $1.1 billion. The latest inflows come on the heels of the almost $10 billion that investors put into the market for the two business days ending Dec. 26.

During the two market days ending Dec. 28, the


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