These are the S&P/ASX 200’s worst performers: Will they bounce back?

In the last 12 months the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has managed to gain a solid 10%.

Whilst a number of shares have managed to outperform the index by some distance, not all shares have fared so well. The following three shares are the worst performers on the index during the period. Can they bounce back?

The iSentia Group Ltd (ASX: ISD) share price has fallen almost 52% in the last 12 months. The sudden underperformance of its newly acquired content marketing business has been the reason behind the sell-off. Although things started off strongly, things deteriorated very quickly and led to management predicting a $3 million full-year operating loss from the segment. Whilst the company appears to have stopped the rot, I would suggest investors hold off an investment until there is a notable improvement in its performance.

The Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX: SYR) share price is down 50% since this time last year. The shock departure of its CEO towards the end of last year played a key role in this decline. Whilst Syrah referred to it as a transition which reflected the evolving strategic direction of the company, the market clearly didn’t see it as a positive. But with the company’s massive Balama graphite project in Mozambique running to schedule, I think this miner could be worth a closer look at now.

The Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC) share price has been the worst performer on the index in the last 12 months, falling a remarkable 73.5%. The combination of a broad sell-off in the telco industry, boardroom fall outs, and a surprise profit downgrade led to this decline. Whilst I think the fast-growing telco company could be a great buy and hold investment option, investors might want to wait until the release of its full-year results in August.

In the meantime I would suggest investors take a look at an investment in these explosive growth shares. I'm tipping each for big things this year.

Top 3 ASX Blue Chips To Buy In 2017

For many, blue chip stocks means stability, profitability and regular dividends, often fully franked..

But knowing which blue chips to buy, and when, can be fraught with danger.

The Motley Fool's in-house analyst team has poured over thousands of hours worth of proprietary research to bring you the names of "The Motley Fool's Top 3 Blue Chip Stocks for 2017."

Each one pays a fully franked dividend. Each one has not only grown its profits, but has also grown its dividend. One increased it by a whopping 33%, while another trades on a grossed up (fully franked) dividend yield of almost 7%.

If you're expecting to see the likes of Commonwealth Bank, Telstra and Wesfarmers shares on this list, you'll be sorely disappointed. Not only are their dividends growing at a snail's pace, their profits are under pressure too due to the increasing competitive environment.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Vocus Communications Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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