FTSE 100: Biggest Losers of 2015

Which stocks crashed and burned in 2015? Thanks to volatile emerging markets and a tumbling oil price it wasn't a good year for many internationally facing UK companies

Emma Wall 4 January, 2016 | 3:39PM
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UK shares disappointed in 2015, with the FTSE 100 losing 5% of its value. The biggest losers were those linked to natural resources, as commodities underperformed all other asset classes for a third successive year and produced their lowest annual returns since the 2008 financial crisis.

Oil, iron ore, copper, gold and corn all lost half their value last year, dragging down mining stocks. In fact the four biggest FTSE 100 losers of 2015 were Anglo American (AAL) which fell 70%, Glencore (GLEN) down 66%, Antofagasta (ANTO) which lost 36% and BHP Billiton (BLT) fell 35%. Rio Tinto (RIO) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) came in eighth and ninth place respectively, losing 23% and 22% over the year.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Anglo American PLC2,591.00 GBX-8.07Rating
Antofagasta PLC1,407.50 GBX-1.81
BHP Group PLC1,873.80 GBX-4.80Rating
Glencore PLC327.20 GBX-1.74Rating
HSBC Holdings PLC376.05 GBX1.94Rating
NatWest Group PLC213.00 GBX0.47Rating
Rio Tinto PLC4,829.50 GBX-3.60Rating
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B1,445.80 GBX-0.95Rating
Standard Chartered PLC442.00 GBX0.16Rating

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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