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10 Biggest Stock Market Flops of 2016

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The broader markets motored ahead in the weeks following Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 election victory, with both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average seemingly setting record highs on a daily basis.

With the Dow and S&P 500 up 13% and 10.2% respectively through Dec. 9, both indexes are on course to deliver another positive year for investors.

On a scale of 1 through 10, 2016 would have to be rated a 7 by investors, which is good but not great, an indication that not everyone was totally enthralled by stocks this past year.

Some sectors won while others lost. Energy stocks rebounded in 2016 while healthcare stocks reversed their course, delivering the first year in negative territory since the 2008 financial crisis.

Amidst all that jockeying for position were some colossal stock market failures.

While negative returns help get a stock on the list, equally important is how a stock falters. It’s about style and substance. And of course, there are those misunderstood stocks that were expected to take flight this year but never got off the ground. These failures are especially disappointing.

Like a Super Bowl-caliber football team that fails to make the playoffs, it’s the underachievers that truly belong on a list of the 10 biggest stock market failures of 2016.

This slide show is from InvestorPlace, not the Kiplinger editorial staff.

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