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Small, mid-cap stocks steal show, outshine bluechips

Small and mid-cap stocks on BSE have given handsome returns of up to 27 per cent to investors so far this year, outshining their large peers.
While the mid-cap index soared 2,767.11 points or 23 per cent, gains were sharper for small-cap index which recorded a surge of 3,326.38 points or 27.61 per cent, shows an analysis of their performance so far this year.

On the other hand, the 30-share bluechip index Sensex has gained 3,291.94 points or 12.36 per cent.

The index hit an all-time high of 30,184.22 on Thursday.

As for the mid-cap index, it scaled a record high of 14,849.66 on Wednesday and small-cap index 15,486.40 level on the same day as well.

Also, total foreign inflow has reached Rs 91,385 crore ($14 billion) so far this year in the capital markets (equity and debt).

"A rally in midcap stocks raises confidence among aspirational small-cap and mid-cap companies that they too may get good valuatioriding on investor appetite for such papers," said Paras Bothra, President - Equity Research, Ashika Stock Broking.

Market experts say smaller stocks are generally bought by local investors, while overseas investors go for blue-chips.

The mid-cap index tracks companies with a market value that is on an average one-fifth of blue-chips or large firms.

Small-cap firms are almost a tenth of that.

"Political outcomes in European elections and geo- political tensions escalating will keep things interesting on the global news flow side, while monsoon panning out should keep us on our toes domestically," Kunj Bansal, Executive Director & CIO Equity , Centrum Wealth Management has said.

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