The best and the worst from the S&P/ASX 100 in 2017

The S&P/ASX 100 (Index: ^AXTO) (ASX: XTO) managed to carve out a solid gain of approximately 6% in 2017.

Below you will find the best and worst performers amongst Australia’s top 100 listed companies last year.

The best performers were:

The A2 Milk Company Ltd (ASX: A2M) share price rocketed 261% in 2017. The catalyst for this was largely the stronger than expected profit growth it delivered thanks to growing demand for its infant formula in China.

The Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) share price rose 68.5% last year thanks to an 11% rise in the gold price following U.S. dollar weakness. However, with treasury yields widening in the U.S. I expect the gold price to come under pressure in 2018.

The BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX: BSL) share price jumped 65.8% over the last 12 months due to strong demand for steel in China. This led to the steel producer reporting a net profit after tax of $715.9 million for FY 2017, up more than 100% on the previous year.

The worst performers were:

The Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) share price finished 2017 with a decline of 28.7%. The driver of this decline was of course its plan to make a sizeable cut to its dividend in FY 2018. Telstra plans to pay a 22 cents per share dividend this year.

The Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. (ASX: DMP) share price fell 28.1% last year. The pizza chain operator did the unthinkable in 2017 and missed its own full-year profit guidance. I think Domino’s could bounce back in 2018.

The Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC) share price tumbled 21.7% over the last 12 months. Almost all Australian telco shares were sold off last year amid concerns over NBN margins and increased competition.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Telstra Limited and Vocus Communications Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of A2 Milk. 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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