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John Phelps's portfolio

Our share tips marched merrily to fresh peaks last week as stock markets recovered their poise after initial scares over Russia's military actions in the Ukraine.

The best showing came from our 2014 selections, which added a full 2.8% after lagging for much of this year.

Much of this was down to a sharp recovery in the price of energy-efficient lighting firm Dialight on gossip of big US orders to be announced this month.

Its performance meant that the portfolio was able to absorb losses as a result of a further slippage in Scottish cloud computing specialist Iomart.

There were one or two other disappointments over the week, but they were heavily outnumbered by our winners, which included retail chains Signet, Home Retail and Kingfisher on hopes of a boost from an early spring.

The high-flying 2013 portfolio added another 2.3% over the week, while the 2012 selections put on 1.8%. The 2011 picks managed a 1.1% improvement.

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