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The US equity markets as measured by the S&P 500 and DJIA rose during the second quarter of 2014. The S&P 500 recorded a positive total return (price change plus dividends) of 5.2% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 2.8%. Both indexes reached record levels on a nominal and inflation-adjusted basis. Similar to the first quarter, the lowest quality/higher beta stocks (C&D ranked by Merrill Lynch) turned in a better performance in the second quarter (+7.7%) compared to the highest ranked quality stocks (A+) (+3.2%). Similarly, small/mid cap stocks outperformed larger cap stocks – the 50 largest companies by ...

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