Our share tips made the most of a buoyant stock market to advance across a broad front last week, with some of the biggest gains reserved for our more speculative recommendations.

The 2013 portfolio was the main beneficiary, with its total valuation showing a 4.4% rise over its opening fortnight. This came despite disappointing debuts by heavyweights Stagecoach and Diageo, as the other selections benefited from a more adventurous mood in the marketplace.

The 2010 and 2012 selections also hit new peak valuations last week, with further gains of around 1%, largely down to another good performance by Aberdeen Asset Management. But the 2011 portfolio finished the week virtually unchanged, with small losses in SSE, Standard Life and Tesco cancelling out fresh support for catering giant, Compass.

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The latest stock market surge means that a number of shares have hit new peaks since being added to our portfolios and we have raised the stop/loss levels on them.