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Best Large-cap Stocks in India

10 January 2022
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The top 100 companies in the stock market in terms of their market capitalization are termed as large-cap stocks. 

Large cap stocks are usually of the companies that have been in the market for decades, have withstood many macroeconomic storms and have tested different waters. 

There is also a significant amount of historical data available in the market on growth numbers and the management of large cap stocks. 

Here’s a list of 10 top large cap stocks in India:

(Note: The following list consists of the top 10 stocks of the Nifty 100 according to their market capitalization as on 19th October, 2021) 

1. Reliance Industries

Reliance Industries is not just the largest publicly traded company in India by market capitalization but also the largest company in terms of revenue. 

RIL’s diverse businesses include energy, natural gas, retail, renewable energy, mass media, textiles and its telecommunications business run under the name Reliance Jio. 

The company is the highest tax payer in the private sector in India and accounts for 8% of India’s total merchandise exports. 

Click here to know more about the stock: Reliance Industries

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 24.74% 150.70% 408.60%

*as on October 19, 2021.

2. TCS

Tata Group’s IT services and consulting company Tata Consultancy Services is the largest IT services company in India in terms of market capitalisation. It had briefly beaten Accenture to become the largest IT company in the world by market cap in January 2021.

This Tata Group subsidiary operates in 149 locations across 46 countries. 

Click here to know more about the stock: TCS

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 31.01% 88.40% 202.72%

*as on October 19, 2021.

3. HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank is the largest private sector bank in India in terms of market capitalisation. HDFC Bank was incorporated in 1994 as a subsidiary of Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), which also features on this list. 

The bank offers a range of banking services covering commercial and investment banking on the wholesale side and transactional/branch banking on the retail side.

Click here to know more about the stock: HDFC Bank

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 36.02% 71.55% 166.47%

*as on October 19, 2021. 

4. Infosys

The second IT company to feature amongst the top large cap stocks according to market cap, Infosys was started by Narayan Murthy along with six engineers in Pune in 1981. 

The company is also the second largest Indian IT company in terms of revenue after TCS. 

On 24th August 2021, Infosys became the 4th Indian company to cross $100 billion in market capitalization.

Click here to know more about the stock: Infosys

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 60.54% 165.23% 249.74%

*as on October 19, 2021.

5. Hindustan Unilever

Boost, Horlicks, Dove, Cornetto, Lux, Lifebuoy, Pears, Pepsodent, Sunsilk, Bru, Surf Excel, Lakme, Rin, Brooke Bond Tea, Kwality Walls, Kissan…all of these sound familiar, don’t they?

Hindustan Unilever is the parent company of the brands that countless Indians use in their day to day life. 

In one of its recent big deals, HUL completed its merger with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH India) after completing all legal procedures in April 2020. 

Click here to know more about the stock: Hindustan Unilever 

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 18.26% 64.18% 197.87%

*as on October 19, 2021.

6. HDFC

Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Ltd.,the parent company of HDFC Bank, is a housing finance firm that was set up in 1977. 

It also has a presence in banking, life and general insurance, asset management, venture capital, realty, education, deposits and education loans.

Click here to know more about the stock: HDFC

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 42.21% 63.65% 107.73%

*as on October 19, 2021.

7. ICICI Bank

The second bank to feature amongst the top 10 large cap stocks in India, ICICI Bank has a network of 5,275 branches and 15,589 ATMs across India and a presence in 17 countries.

The bank offers a wide range of banking products and financial services for corporate and retail customers. 

Click here to know more about the stock: ICICI Bank

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 85.91% 138.92% 203.00%

*as on October 19, 2021.

8. Bajaj Finance

Bajaj Finance is an Indian non-banking financial company (NBFC). It is a subsidiary of Bajaj Finserv. 

The company has 294 consumer branches and 497 rural locations with over 33,000+ distribution points. 

Bajaj Finance has three primary arms: 

  • A finance arm where it provides low EMI loans 
  • An insurance arm where it functions as a registered corporate agent of third party insurance products of various insurers, and 
  • An investment arm that provides long term financial planning assistance to its customers.

Click here to know more about the stock: Bajaj Finance

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 137.76% 259.97% 588.98%

*as on October 19, 2021.

9. SBI

The only public sector bank amongst the 10 most valued companies in India (by market capitalization), State Bank of India is the 43rd largest bank in the world.

The bank is widely known as the oldest commercial bank in the Indian Subcontinent.

Click here to know more about the stock: SBI

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 148.83% 87.99% 89.92%

*as on October 19, 2021. 

10. Kotak Mahindra Bank

Kotak Mahindra Bank is the third private sector bank amongst the top 10 highest valued companies in India (in terms of market capitalization).

Started in 1985 by Uday Kotak, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. (KMFL), the group’s flagship company, received a banking licence from the RBI in 2003.

Click here to know more about the stock: Kotak Mahindra Bank

Time Period  1  Year 3 Year  5 Year
Return* 50.77% 74.71% 161.28%

We hope you found this information insightful.*as on October 19, 2021. 

Happy investing!

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