10 Worst Performing Shares of 2014

The index of UK’s 100 largest companies has tracked sideways over the past year, gaining less than 2% since January - which have been the companies dragging down performance?

Emma Wall 29 December, 2014 | 12:01PM
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Twelve months ago, stock investors were predicting 2014 would be the year the FTSE 100 reached an all-time high, smashing through the record level of 6,930 set 15 years ago tomorrow.

But instead the index of UK’s 100 largest companies has tracked sideways over the past year, gaining just 1.95% at the time of writing. Part of the problem has been several key sectors dragging down market performance. The FTSE 100 is heavily reliant on energy and oil stocks – which have faced some of their biggest losses in recent history thanks to the plummeting price of underlying commodities. Brent crude oil went from $100 a barrel to less than $60 in the second half of 2014, which provided significant headwinds for oil and gas stocks.

The accounting debacle at Tesco and the ongoing challenge from e-commerce has badly affected the supermarket stocks too. Using Morningstar Direct to rank the largest stocks in the UK, here we reveal the 10 stocks which lost the most value over the past 12 months, starting with the worst performer.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
BHP Group PLC1,989.20 GBX-0.14Rating
Intertek Group PLC4,986.00 GBX-0.52Rating
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets PLC285.40 GBX0.11Rating
Sainsbury (J) PLC296.60 GBX0.30Rating
Smiths Group PLC1,416.00 GBX-1.56Rating
Standard Chartered PLC492.50 GBX1.46Rating
Tesco PLC267.90 GBX0.71Rating
Tullow Oil PLC52.04 GBX0.42

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar