NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The small-cap Russell 2000 Index has returned 29% over the past year, almost twice that of the S&P 500 Index of the largest U.S. stocks. And if the U.S. economy grows as expected, small-company stocks may widen that gap.Small- and micro-cap stocks allow investors "to gain exposure to companies that are more economically sensitive", says Sam Dedio, manager of the Artio U.S. Microcap Fund (JMCAX).
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