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The US equity markets produced exceptional rates of return in 2013. The S&P 500 recorded a 32.4% total return (price change plus dividends) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average had a total return of 29.6% for the year. These were the best annual total returns since 1997. Lower quality stocks (C&D ranked by S&P) turned in the best performance in 2013 (+44.9%). The highest quality stocks (A+ ranked) lagged (26.4%). Small cap stocks outperformed large cap stocks. The average annual 10 year total return for both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 7.4% for the period ...

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