20 biggest stock losers

Investors in these Fortune 500 companies took it on the chin in a year when the S&P 500 had a total return of 16%.

fortune 500 stock losers supervalu
Fortune 500 rank: 86
2012 revenue: $36.1 bil
2012 total return: -68.6%

Oh, how Supervalu tried its darndest to stage a turnaround. The perennially struggling grocery chain first cut prices to attract shoppers. When that didn't work, it fired CEO Craig Herkert and hired a new one who blared in an email to workers, "We will prove the naysayers wrong." Supervalu put itself up for sale. When no one wanted it, Wall Street left it to rot.

Shares plunged 68% during the year. But in an encore befitting of the Street's odd relationship with deeply indebted companies (of which Supervalu is one, after its misguided $12 billion acquisition of Albertsons in 2006), there's talk anew of a turnaround. Supervalu shares are up 110% so far this year.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 06 2013 06:58 AM ET
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Wal-Mart retook the top spot, Berkshire Hathaway made the top five, and Apple grew enormously.

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