The absence of a traditional Santa rally on London markets this Christmas sums up the story for beleaguered investors in 2011, particularly during the second half of the year. Twelve months ago analysts were indulging not just in mince pies and Champagne but in speculation that the FTSE 100 would breach 6,000 points by New Year’s Eve. This year, relentless macro pressures have dulled the senses more than the booze – and breaking 5,500 would be an achievement for an index that has spent much of the past five months pinned at that level.



It is unsurprising then that of 2,511 shares listed on LSE markets, only 558 of them are currently trading at higher valuations than they were at the close of 2010. Among that basket, 32 have recorded gains of 100%-plus and the top 10 performers have all enjoyed price rises of more than 200%. At the other end, 1646 stocks lost ground during the course of the year. Of them, 404 lost more than 50% of their value and 26 of those haemorrhaged more than 90%.



As a quick aside, it is worth noting that the top three performers in our list last yearParkmead (LON:PMG), Condor Resources (LON:CNR) and Arian Silver (LON:AGQ) – all achieved their positions after riding a wave of warm investor sentiment and strong market momentum. But could they keep it up? The short answer to that is no. While Parkmead has gone on to start making its promised asset acquisitions, the shares had little chance of sustaining the 32p closing price, despite the presence of ex-Dana Petroleum boss Tom Cross as chairman. It falls from first to 2060, with a 47.1% decline for any investors that were buying the stock on the final day of 2010. Shares in Condor fell by precisely the same percentage, dragging the company down to 1954 on this year’s list. For Arian, whose shares peaked at 53p on the last day of last year, the performance has been worse, with the stock declining by 68.9% through 2011.



For this year’s best performers, bullish sentiment and momentum were replaced by fear and volatility but that didn’t stop top placed Quindell Portfolio (LON:QPP) from driving a 0.5p share price up by 925% during 2011. This time last year, privately held Quindell agreed the terms of a reverse takeover of AIM listed Mission Capital in a deal that was eventually completed in May (shares in Mission were suspended in August 2010 at 0.5p while it continued to search for a reverse takeover candidate). Headed by Rob Terry, who previously founded Innovation (LON:TIG), Quindell works with business customers and investee companies on leveraging their brands to achieve more sales. Terry’s aggressive buy-and-build strategy at TIG has so far been replicated at Quindell, with a series of acquisitions including the recent purchase of Mobile Doctors.



The rest of the top five performers include mining and now oil exploration company Umc Energy (LON:UEP) (up 590%), electronics group Psg Solutions (LON:PGS) (up 456%), property company Redefine International (LON:RDI) (up 408%) and oil shale explorer Tomco Energy (LON:TOM) (up 343%). In the case of Quindell, Redefine and TomCo, the price performance involved dramatic corporate deals. Meanwhile, UMC’s shares soared on the back of the purchase of a company with petroleum prospecting licences in Papua New Guinea. Arguably the most interesting stock is PSG, a hitherto quiet and unassuming AIM listed electronics group whose shares rocketed on news of a major government contract win that could prove transformational for the company.



After TomCo, the best performing oil and gas stock in the Top 100 is Lansdowne Oil amp; Gas (LON:LOGP), which operates in the North Celtic Basin, offshore Ireland. Lansdowne has a 20% stake in the Barryroe oil discovery, where appraisal drilling is currently being carried out by Providence Resources (LON:PVR). It has also completed 3D seismic surveys over other prospects in the basin and is expected to launch a farm-in programme for those early in 2012. Shares in Lansdowne rose by 157% to 35.5p during the year, putting it at 18 in the Top 100 list.



In November we reported that telecoms and technology group Globo (LON:GBO) was the top contender on Stockopedia PRO’s Jim Slater Zulu Investing screen, which seeks out attractively priced growth stocks. AIM listed Globo has consistently grown its net profits, and last year’s figures were up by 54% to £3.8 million. Shares in the company closed 2010 at 10.5p and went on to spike in April this year at 28.5p. Since then the stock has dropped back to around 20p but that still represents a 93% rise, achieving position 38 in the Top 100 list.



Moving on, 2011 was a big year for online dating business Cupid (LON:CUP), whose shares leapt by 69% during the year as an ambitious expansion strategy began to pay off. Originally listed as Easydate in June 2010, Cupid has been keen to build its portfolio at home and abroad. Upgrades to its earnings forecasts in January and May, together with a storming profit improvement and lots of cash have helped to catapult the shares, earning it position 53 in the Top 100 performers.



Finally, last year we reported that the best performing retail stock on the market was Mulberry (LON:MUL) and in 2011 the luxury bag brand has done it again. Revenues increased by 69% to £121.6 million in 2011, with pre-tax profits up 358% to £23.3 million and the company has recently appointed ex-Hermès France MD Bruno Guillon as its new chief executive. After closing 2010 with a share price of 900p, the stock has since risen by 63%, putting it at number 61 in the Top 100.



Among a handful of star performers, the overwhelming trend this year for London listed stocks was negative (you can analyse the technical and fundamental performance of any of these stocks in more detail using Stockopedia PRO). According to analysts, retail shareholdings at the height of the stock market crash in August fell to just £201bn - 15% lower than their end of May close and £46bn lower than their pre-crisis 2007 peak. Amid that turmoil, investors also had to contend with the usual roster of crash and burn stories. On that note, the worst performing stock in 2011 was Leed Petroleum (LON:LDP), whose US oil and gas business fell apart in the early summer. While investors will begin 2012 with a heightened awareness of what macro-induced volatility can do to their portfolios, it would be difficult to claim that the depressed conditions that have dominated the second half of 2011 will settle down any time soon.





Top 100 UK Stock Market Performers in 2011

No. Company Ticker Sector Price% between 31/12/10 and 21/12/11
1 Quindell Portfolio PLC LON:QPP Software amp; Computer Services 925
2 UMC Energy PLC LON:UEP Mining 590
3 PSG Solutions PLC LON:PGS Support Services 456.4
4 Redefine International PLC LON:RDI Real Estate Investment amp; Services 408
5 TomCo Energy PLC LON:TOM Oil amp; Gas Producers 342.9
6 Sareum Holdings PLC LON:SAR Pharmaceuticals amp; Biotechnology 328.6
7 Rubicon Software Group PLC LON:RUBI Software amp; Computer Services 295
8 Zoltav Resources Inc LON:ZOL Financial Services 262.5
9 ANGLE PLC LON:AGL Support Services 255.3
10 Sierra Rutile Ltd LON:SRX Mining 231.7
11 xG Technology Inc LON:XGT Technology Hardware amp; Equipment 228.1
12 West African Minerals Corporation LON:WAFM Mining 227.9
13 Sperati (C.A.) (Special Agency) PLC LON:SPR Personal Goods 196
14 Lombard Risk Management PLC LON:LRM Software amp; Computer Services 183.4
15 API Group PLC LON:API General Industrials 174.2
16 Foresight VCT PLC LON:FTV Equity Investment Instruments 167.1
17 Braime (T F amp; J H) (Holdings) PLC LON:BMT Industrial Engineering 164.5
18 Lansdowne Oil amp; Gas PLC LON:LOGP Oil amp; Gas Producers 157.3
19 IP Group PLC LON:IPO Financial Services 154.1
20 AMATI VCT 2 ORD 5P LON:AT2 Equity Investment Instruments 153.9
21 32Red PLC LON:TTR Travel amp; Leisure 139.4
22 OpSec Security Group PLC LON:OSG Support Services 138.2
23 @UK PLC LON:ATUK Software amp; Computer Services 135.9
24 MDY Healthcare PLC LON:MDY Financial Services 133.3
25 Coastal Energy Company LON:CEO Oil amp; Gas Producers 127.4
26 Frenkel Topping Group PLC LON:FEN Financial Services 126.9
27 ServicePower Technologies PLC LON:SVR Software amp; Computer Services 126.8
28 ValiRx PLC LON:VAL Pharmaceuticals amp; Biotechnology 119.1
29 Coral Products PLC LON:CRU General Industrials 107.4
30 Quadrise Fuels International PLC LON:QFI Oil amp; Gas Producers 105.3
31 Eruma PLC LON:ERU Support Services 102.4
32 i-design Group PLC LON:IDG Media 102
33 Planet Payment Inc LON:PPT Support Services 100
34 Lo-Q PLC LON:LOQ Travel amp; Leisure 95.4
35 Mobile Tornado Group PLC LON:MBT Mobile Telecommunications 93.8
36 Hamworthy PLC LON:HMY Industrial Engineering 93.4
37 Gresham Computing PLC LON:GHT Software amp; Computer Services 93.2
38 Globo PLC LON:GBO Software amp; Computer Services 92.9
39 Restore PLC LON:RST Support Services 92.4
40 Toye amp; Co PLC LON:TOYE Personal Goods 91.8
41 Bailey (C H) PLC LON:BLEY Industrial Engineering 86.7
42 Surgical Innovations Group PLC LON:SUN Health Care Equipment amp; Services 86.3
43 London Security PLC LON:LSC Support Services 85.4
44 Pinewood Shepperton PLC LON:PWS Media 82.7
45 Belgravium Technologies PLC LON:BVM Technology Hardware amp; Equipment 78.6
46 IDOX PLC LON:IDOX Software amp; Computer Services 76.8
47 Silanis International Ltd LON:SNS Software amp; Computer Services 75
48 Sirius Minerals PLC LON:SXX Mining 74.1
49 Sappi Ltd LON:0M1F Forestry amp; Paper 73
50 Tasty PLC LON:TAST Travel amp; Leisure 72.7
51 Highway Capital PLC LON:HWC Financial Services 71.4
52 MCB Finance Group PLC LON:MCRB Financial Services 69.6
53 Cupid PLC LON:CUP Travel amp; Leisure 69.3
54 Fitbug Holdings PLC LON:FITB Leisure Goods 69.2
55 Delcam PLC LON:DLC Software amp; Computer Services 68.5
56 Planet Payment Inc LON:PPTR Support Services 68
57 Silverdell PLC LON:SID Support Services 67.3
58 Kryso Resources PLC LON:KYS Mining 66.4
59 Telecom plus PLC LON:TEP Fixed Line Telecommunications 64.8
60 Avation PLC LON:AVAP Industrial Transportation 63.7
61 Mulberry Group PLC LON:MUL General Retailers 63.4
62 Workplace Systems International LON:WSI Software amp; Computer Services 63.3
63 Robinson PLC LON:RBN General Industrials 61.9
64 Bradford amp; Bingley PLC  6.00% Perp Sub Call Step-up NTS LON:BBP   61.8
65 DDD Group PLC LON:DDD Software amp; Computer Services 61.8
66 Argo Real Estate Opportunities Fund LON:AREO Equity Investment Instruments 61.1
67 Gemfields PLC LON:GEM Mining 59.9
68 MS International PLC LON:MSI Industrial Engineering 59.4
69 Rightmove PLC LON:RMV Media 59.1
70 Avon Rubber PLC LON:AVON Aerospace amp; Defense 57.1
71 Taliesin Property Fund Ltd LON:TPF Real Estate Investment amp; Services 55.4
72 Sefton Resources Inc LON:SER Oil amp; Gas Producers 55.4
73 Rotala PLC LON:ROL Travel amp; Leisure 54.9
74 Anite PLC LON:AIE Software amp; Computer Services 54.5
75 Summit Corporation PLC LON:SUMM Pharmaceuticals amp; Biotechnology 54.5
76 Real Good Food Company (The) PLC LON:RGD Food Producers 54.2
77 Havelock Europa PLC LON:HVE Household Goods amp; Home Construction 53.1
78 Filtrona PLC LON:FLTR Support Services 52.4
79 THB Group PLC LON:THB Nonlife Insurance 52.4
80 Galliford Try PLC LON:GFRD Construction amp; Materials 51.6
81 Wessex Exploration PLC LON:WSX Oil amp; Gas Producers 51.1
82 Tricorn Group PLC LON:TCN Industrial Engineering 50.7
83 PayPoint PLC LON:PAY Support Services 50.3
84 NCC Group PLC LON:NCC Software amp; Computer Services 50.2
85 Kellan Group PLC LON:KLN Support Services 50
86 SimiGon Ltd LON:SIM Software amp; Computer Services 50
87 NextGen Group PLC LON:NGG Pharmaceuticals amp; Biotechnology 50
88 Bradford amp; Bingley PLC  5.625% Step-up Undated Subord NTS LON:BBS   49.1
89 Namibian Resources PLC LON:NBR Mining 48.9
90 Netcall PLC LON:NET Software amp; Computer Services 48.9
91 Monitise PLC LON:MONI Mobile Telecommunications 48.8
92 Impellam Group PLC LON:IPEL Support Services 48.5
93 Endace Ltd LON:EDA Software amp; Computer Services 48.2
94 Park Group PLC LON:PKG Financial Services 47.3
95 Entertainment One Group LON:ETO Media 47.1
96 Power Capital Global Ltd LON:PCGB Financial Services 47.1
97 Imagination Technologies Group LON:IMG Technology Hardware amp; Equipment 46.1
98 Torotrak PLC LON:TRK Automobiles amp; Parts 46
99 Park Plaza Hotels Ltd LON:PPH Travel amp; Leisure 46
100 BrainJuicer Group PLC LON:BJU Media 45.7

Source: ShareScope and Stockopedia
Based on closing prices between 31/12/2010 and 21/12/2011