The FTSE 100 (FTSE: ^FTSE - news) is on a fall again today after the announcement of slower-than-expected growth from China, losing 75 points to 6,309 by midday. The news also led to a gold sell-off, taking the shiny stuff down to its lowest price for two years. But the index is still a long way from its 52-week low of 5,230, set on 1 June last year.
But some individual companies aren't so lucky. Here are three members of the various FTSE indices slumping to new lows today:
Things have been tough for miners, but shares in Anglo American have been hit harder than most. The diversified miner's shares fell to a new 52-week low of 1,562p today, and are currently trading for just a couple of pennies more than that at 1,564p.
What has made it worse for Anglo American is its reliance on iron ore, the price of which is under pretty severe pressure, and its exposure to South Africa where it does around 10% of its business. Forecasts for the year to December put the shares on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of only 10.5, with 2014 predictions taking that down to 9 -- that might be a bargain, but it's a risky one.
EVRAZ shares dipped to a 12-month low today too, touching 161.2p before picking up a bit to 163.7p. Again, the firm has been hit by troubles in the iron and steel markets, with steel prices weakening. Last week the firm reported a full-year pre-tax loss of $106 million (from a profit of $873 million the previous year).
The company, part-owned by Chelsea FC supremo Roman Abramovich, was forced to scrap its final dividend -- the interim payment of 11 cents per share is all shareholders will get. Evraz shares are now down more than 50% over the past 12 months.
The management crisis at Stobart Group continues to drive the firm's shares down, taking them to an annual low of 74.5p today. Two weeks ago, Stobart's new executive chairman Avril Palmer-Baunack was forced out after just 71 days in the job. Then last week, two of the firm's directors, chief executive Andrew Tinkler and legal director Trevor Howarth were committed for trial for contempt of court. And Stobart's broker, Investec (LSE: INVP.L - news) , has also quit.
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> Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article.