BSE small, mid-cap indices beat their larger peer Sensex in 2012 so far
After suffering a heavy blow last year, the mid-cap and small-cap indices bounced back smartly and recorded gains of up to 31.37 per cent as compared to large-caps' 21.42 per cent rise this calendar year.
Large-caps have the highest market value, followed by mid-caps and small-caps.
While the mid-cap index of the BSE has given a return of 31.37 per cent since the beginning of 2012, the small-cap index has gained 29.28 per cent.
In comparison, the gain in the blue-chip barometer index BSE Sensex has been much lower at about 21.42 per cent, as per data available with the BSE.
According to market experts, during uncertain times mid-cap and small-cap counters witness bigger losses but when markets rally, these stocks move ahead of the frontline stocks.
"There has been a sporadic move in the markets in last five-six months. In the last few months, markets have seen many consolidations and generally when you have prolonged consolidation, one see mid-caps and small-caps running higher than blue-chip scrips," Ambareesh Baliga, COO, Way2Wealth said.
Mid-cap and small-cap stocks are generally looked at by local investors, whereas overseas investors' largely prefer to invest in large-cap stocks, he said adding that sectors like aviation and media have fared well in the recent past.
The mid-cap indices track the performance of companies with market value that are a fifth of blue-chip firms (large-caps), while the m-cap of small-cap firms are of
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