Four Stellar Small-Caps

For this screen, S&P searched among the little guys for names with fat dividend yields and high S&P Quality rankings

Small-capitalization stocks as a group have beaten their larger-cap brethren in recent years. For example, year-to-date through Dec. 15 the S&P SmallCap 600 index returned 14.9%, while the large-cap benchmark S&P 500 index posted a 14.3% return. In 2005, the "600" also topped the "500," returning 6.7% vs. the bigger index's rise of 3.0%.

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