The FTSE 100s Biggest Gainers and Losers

This past year has been a turbulent one for those who invest in the FTSE 100. Mining stocks have went through a particularly difficult year, and four out of the five poorest performers this year have come from the mining sector.

UNDEFINED - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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Meanwhile, housebuilders enjoyed a strong year, with Taylor Wimpey performing particularly well, gaining 43 percent. Hargreaves Lansdown was also a strong performer, gaining 44 percent over the year. The third best performer of the year was Direct Line, gaining 39 percent, with another housebuilder - Barratt Developments, getting the third spot with a 30 percent increase, and Sage gaining 27 percent.

Clearly the biggest loser of the year was Anglo American - whose share price fell by an astounding 75 percent. Anglo American was hit hard when it wrote down £2.4 billion on its Iron Ore and other commodities, during its July half-year results.

Meanwhile, Glencore, Antofagasta and BHP Billiton shed 71 percent, 48 percent and 41 percent - all casualties of falling commodity prices. Outside of the mining sector, the poorest performer was Standard Charterd, who struggled because of a year of slowing business. Staff cuts and a rights issue shattered investor confidence, hampering the company’s share price.

As we head into 2016, we are likely to see a turnaround in the commodities market, at least. Most investors expect that the commodities market will not sink any lower than it already has, and while Chinese demand is likely to remain low, it could eventually correct itself.


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