Small-cap and mid-cap domestic equity mutual funds are leading the way in terms of returns so far in 2010, according to an analysis by Standard & Poor’s.

Small-cap value was the best-performing sector as of April 1, S&P said in a report issued Tuesday, with value-oriented mutual funds outperforming growth funds in every cap size. Small-cap value returned 10.4%, while mid-cap value brought in 9.4%. Large-cap growth returned 4.8% and multi-cap growth returned 5.6% over the same period.

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