Large-cap stocks yield more than their small-cap cousins. That's a general truism, but is also borne out by recent yield statistics from S&P Dow Jones Indices. At the end of February, the large-cap S&P 500 yielded 1.99%, the S&P MidCap 400 furnished 1.44% and the S&P SmallCap 600 provided a mere 1.33%.

But in one sector, the pecking order was reversed. Among financials, the small-cap stocks yielded 2.88% and the midcap stocks in the group 2.80% -- both besting the 1.82% yield of the larger financial stocks in the S&P 500. This was the only sector to show such a reversal of traditional yield distribution by capitalization size.

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