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The biggest dog in 2008 went to none other than beleaguered investment bank Babcock & Brown – its shares tanking by 99.4% to the year ending 17 December 2008. Anyone with $10,000 parked with the investment house in December last year, has less than the cost of a tank of petrol to show for it (around 60 bucks).

The best performing stock in 2008 goes to little known CI Resources that owns a phosphate rock mine on Christmas Island. Those with the vision to pump money into CI Resources last year can splurge this Christmas – as a $10,000 investment with the junior miner last year is now worth the pretty sum of $45,000.

k pickers in medical stgice stock Analytica also more than doubled their money this year, as did shareholders in comparison site InfoChoice and coal seam gas exploration company Pure Energy Resources.

If we restrict our analysis the top 200 stocks where the chunk of the market invests, well known players emerge on the list. Top performers include energy stocks like Linc Energy (up 170%), Origin Energy (up 78%), New Hope Corporation (up 38%), New Zealand Oil and Gas (up 14%) and Santos (up 3%). Interestingly, 6 stocks posted negative returns but still managed to score a guernsey on the top 20 list. These stocks include the likes of AWB, Oil Search, Metcash, ResMed, Felix Resources and Washington H. Soul Pattinson.

Stock shockers on the Aussie bourse in 2008 were numerous. A $10,000 investment in Mooter Media, Sam’s Seafood Holdings and City Pacific back in December last year is worth just $91, $140 and $180 today. Other dogs on the ASX include Mariner Financial, Admiralty Resources, Omnitech Holdings as well as a host of real estate stocks pummelled by the property market fallout, including the likes of Centro Properties Group. Sectors worst hit include real estate, diversified financials and materials.

Out of the top 200 companies, two Macquarie Group plays – the Macquarie Office Trust and Communications Infrastructure Group – lost investors over 80% of their money, while real estate stocks Goodman Group (down 90%) and Mirvac Group (down 81%) were also clear underperformers. Previous market darling Worley Parsons, James Packer’s Challenger Financial Services, Macarthur Coal and Gunns Limited also sunk under the weight of market selling.

Top 20 stocks for 2008 from the S&P/ASX 200

Code Name Industry Group Share Price Change 1yr

LNC

Linc Energy Ltd

Energy

169.74%

ATM

Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk (Pt)

Materials

101.61%

ORG

Origin Energy Limited

Energy

78.42%

NHC

New Hope Corporation Limited

Energy

37.71%

SST

Steamships Trading Company Limited

Capital Goods

28.21%

AGK

AGL Energy Limited

Utilities

15.08%

NZO

New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited

Energy

13.92%

ILU

Iluka Resources Limited

Materials

11.96%

OMH

OM Holdings Limited

Materials

9.29%

NVT

Navitas Limited

Consumer Services

6.76%

AGP

Anglo Pacific Group Plc

Materials

5.16%

STO

Santos Limited

Energy

2.82%

ANN

Ansell Limited

Health Care Equipment & Services

1.86%

CNA

Coal & Allied Industries Limited

Energy

0.66%

AWB

AWB Limited

Food & Staples Retailing

-0.35%

OSH

Oil Search Limited

Energy

-2.27%

MTS

Metcash Limited

Food & Staples Retailing

-2.34%

RMD

ResMed Inc.

Health Care Equipment & Services

-2.43%

FLX

Felix Resources Limited

Energy

-3.65%

SOL

Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd

Diversified Financials

-4.10%

Bottom 20 stocks for 2008 from the S&P/ASX 200

Code Name Industry Group Share Price Change 1yr

MRE

Minara Resources Limited

Materials

-91.34%

GMG

Goodman Group

Real Estate

-90.34%

ALZ

Australand Property Group

Real Estate

-86.84%

MOF

Macquarie Office Trust

Real Estate

-86.09%

MCG

Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group

Media

-84.98%

TSE

Transfield Services Limited

Commercial & Professional Services

-83.51%

AIO

Asciano Group

Transportation

-82.16%

TPI

Transpacific Industries Group Limited

Commercial & Professional Services

-81.48%

MGR

Mirvac Group

Real Estate

-80.66%

ROC

Roc Oil Company Limited

Energy

-79.15%

RIV

Riversdale Mining Limited

Energy

-78.12%

AWC

Alumina Limited

Materials

-76.73%

AQP

Aquarius Platinum Limited

Materials

-76.17%

CGF

Challenger Financial Services Group Limited

Diversified Financials

-75.44%

GPT

GPT Group

Real Estate

-73.89%

WOR

WorleyParsons Limited

Energy

-73.21%

EQN

Equinox Minerals Limited

Materials

-72.04%

MCC

Macarthur Coal Limited

Materials

-71.70%

RIO

Rio Tinto Limited

Materials

-71.44%

GNS

Gunns Limited

Materials

-71.04%

Top 20 stocks for 2008

Code Name Industry Group Share Price Change 1yr

CII

CI Resources Limited

Diversified Financials

344.44%

ALT

Analytica Limited

Health Care Equipment & Services

226.67%

ICH

Infochoice Limited

Media

223.33%

PES

Pure Energy Resources Limited

Energy

218.75%

BND

Bandanna Energy Limited

Energy

171.08%

LNC

Linc Energy Ltd

Energy

169.74%

AEA

Altera Resources Limited

Materials

140.71%

MAK

Minemakers Limited

Materials

137.78%

ENI

Empowernet International Limited

Consumer Services

135.28%

ICN

Icon Energy Limited

Energy

109.68%

ATM

Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk (Pt)

Materials

101.61%

TYS

Teys Limited

Real Estate

90.48%

MDX

Mindax Limited

Materials

87.50%

HRS

Hudson Resources Limited

Materials

80.77%

NTC

NetComm Limited

Technology Hardware & Equipment

80.56%

ORG

Origin Energy Limited

Energy

78.42%

CRM

Carbon Minerals Limited

Energy

72.22%

ISK

Island Sky Australia Limited

Consumer Durables & Apparel

71.43%

IEQ

International Equities Corporation Limited

Real Estate

55.56%

ACG

AtCor Medical Holdings Limited

Health Care Equipment & Services

55.56%

Bottom 20 stocks for 2008

Code Name Industry Group Share Price Change 1yr

BNB

Babcock & Brown Limited

Diversified Financials

-99.40%

MMZ

Mooter Media Limited

Software & Services

-99.09%

SCV

SCV Group Limited

Real Estate

-98.92%

RRT

Record Realty

Real Estate

-98.83%

RAT

Rubicon America Trust

Real Estate

-98.75%

SSS

Sam’s Seafood Holdings Limited

Food & Staples Retailing

-98.60%

RJT

Rubicon Japanese Trust

Real Estate

-98.51%

ARR

Arasor International Limited

Technology Hardware & Equipment

-98.51%

LSL

Luminus Systems Limited

Diversified Financials

-98.50%

CNP

Centro Properties Group

Real Estate

-98.47%

MFI

Mariner Financial Limited

Diversified Financials

-98.27%

CIY

City Pacific Limited

Diversified Financials

-98.20%

BBP

Babcock & Brown Power

Utilities

-97.96%

ZMG

Zingmobile Group Limited

Software & Services

-97.93%

BEC

Becton Property Group Limited

Real Estate

-97.80%

ADY

Admiralty Resources NL

Materials

-97.63%

OHL

Omnitech Holdings Limited

Technology Hardware & Equipment

-97.53%

VPG

Valad Property Group

Real Estate

-97.50%

SPP

Southern Pacific Petroleum NL

Energy

-97.50%

ALB

Albidon Limited

Materials

-97.42%

Source: Lincoln Stock Doctor as at 17 December 2008

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