Wilshire 5000 Total Market index ended 2013 with a 33.07% return, the best single-year performance since 1995, according to a news release from Wilshire Associates.
The index closed at 19,254.15 and was up 10.11% in the fourth quarter alone. The Wilshire 5000 slightly outpaced the S&P 500's 32.39% return. The high return was led by the Wilshire U.S. Micro-Cap index and Wilshire U.S. Small-Cap index, which returned 48.9% and 39.01%, respectively. The U.S. Large-Cap index was up 32.33%. All U.S. equity subasset class styles were up more than 30% for the year.
The consumer discretionary sector was the top sector performer for the year at 44.32%, according to Wilshire. The utilities sector was easily the worst performing sector for the year at 14.88%.
Without dividends reinvested, the Wilshire 5000 had an estimated market gain of $5.4 trillion for the year, including $2 trillion in just the fourth quarter.
Real estate did not have the same success as the broader equity markets. The Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Securities index and Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust index returned 2.15% and 1.86% for the year, respectively.