The strongest returns from the stock market over the last few months have come from the FTSE Small Cap and 250 indices, according to Halifax Financial Services.
Overall they gave a total shareholder return (TSR) of nine per cent.
The best performing sector was Steel and Other Metals, with a TSR of 24 per cent.
The best performing stock over the last three months was Yell, with a TSR of 28 per cent. The worst performing stock was Compass Group, with a TSR of -26 per cent following a profit warning in September, Halifax added.
"UK equities have continued to deliver positive returns over the last year, building on the strong gains of 2003," said John Bearman, head of UK equities.
"In particular the FTSE 250 and Small Cap indices have both delivered a consistently healthy return for investors this year.
"This has meant that some of this year's star performers have been from outside the FTSE 100, although over the past three to six months the FTSE 100 has demonstrated better performance," he added. To read more about share dealing, click here.
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