Best stocks to buy in India in 2021

This page picks out the best stocks for Indian investors. It explores what each of these companies does and explains why they’re worth your money.
By: James Knight
James Knight
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Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Indian stocks have been some of the best performing financial assets in the world in recent times. With an investing craze hitting the nation, in this guide our experts cut through the noise to help you pick the best Indian companies to invest in.

What are the top stocks to buy in India?

There are thousands of stocks available to buy across India and our experts have chosen five of the best ones. You can find the latest price information in the table below, or scroll down to read more about why they’ve been chosen.

#Stock tickerCompany name
1TATAMOTORSTata Motors
2HCLTECHHCL Technologies
3LALPATHLABSDr Lal PathLabs
4HINDUNILVRHindustan Unilever
5PFCPower Finance Corporation
List selected by our team of analysts, updated October 21 2021

1. Tata Motors (NSE: TATAMOTORS)

Tata Motors is an automotive manufacturer based in Mumbai that’s part of the Tata Group conglomerate. It produces a wide range of vehicles, from regular cars to lorries and construction equipment, owns the Jaguar Land Rover brand, and is responsible for one of the most popular electric vehicles in India.

The strength and breadth of its output has helped the company’s share price to surge towards its all time high since the onset of the pandemic. Its emphasis on electric vehicles, in particular, is a reason to be bullish about that trend continuing, while sales of all its commercial vehicles have risen over the past couple of years.

Tata Motors is listed on four different stock exchanges; which means you can get shares in it from whichever exchange is easiest, which might be either the National Stock Exchange of India or the Bombay Stock Exchange inside the country, or the New York Stock Exchange for most other investors.

2. HCL Technologies (NSE: HCLTECH)

HCL Technologies is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. It provides IT support and consulting to businesses from all across the spectrum and is already one of the largest corporations in India.

The company was already taking advantage of a digital trend before the pandemic, and since then demand for advanced technology and cloud-based services have only increased. The stock price is up by over 200% in five years and in that time it was voted as one of the world’s best companies to work for to boot.

Part of HCL’s growth strategy is to continue to invest in new technology. It has poured money into things like automation and AI, and tends to grow via acquisitions. That’s taken it into areas as diverse as banking and blockchain, and are an extremely positive sign that it can continue its recent growth trajectory.

3. Dr Lal PathLabs (NSE: LALPATHLABS)

Dr Lal PathLabs is a healthcare company based in Delhi. It specialises in screening for diseases, by performing things like blood and urine tests on patients. Founded in 1949, it operates around 1500 screening centres across the country.

The company has been a slow and steady grower for a few years but it’s done particularly well since 2019. Since then, the stock price has tripled, particularly in response to more demand for blood tests and screening services during the pandemic, but also because it has solid fundamentals as well.

Dr Lal’s has increased its revenue and net profit substantially over the last decade. A company that is able to generate more income every year is an extremely attractive investment opportunity and that’s why it has sealed third place on our list.

4. Hindustan Unilever (NSE: HINDUNILVR)

Hindustan Unilever is a subsidiary of the British food, beverage, and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) conglomerate, Unilever. It’s based in Mumbai and owns 35 brands in its own right, including things like Lipton Ice Tea, Cif bleach, and Dove skin care products.

The Hindustan Unilever share price has been on the up for more than a decade. It’s grown by more than 600% over that time, and saw out the 2010s by acquiring GlaxoSmithKline’s Indian consumer division to further expand the products it offers.

The advantage of owning a blue-chip company like this is that it produces so many established products that it’s resistant to most economic struggles. Even the pandemic, with its effects on the movement of goods, barely made an impact on the share price. That reliability makes it an excellent addition to any portfolio.

5. Power Finance Corporation (NSE: PFC)

Power Finance Corporation is a financial services company that’s tightly linked to the Indian government. Its main role is as a company that provides financing for infrastructure projects, predominantly in the power sector.

Like many financial stocks, Power Finance’s share price tends to rise and fall in a cyclical manner. This isn’t necessarily a stock which is going to offer substantial growth, but it is a relatively safe one given that it has the backing of the government of India behind it.

The main reason for it featuring on this list is its dividend. Power Finance pays out one of the best dividend yields in the country, so it makes for a strong and steady bulwark to the rest of your portfolio. 

Where to buy the best shares in India

To get your hands on shares on the Indian market, you need an online stock broker. Most brokers offer shares from all the major markets around the world, and so you can get started with Indian stocks by choosing one of the beginner-friendly platforms in the table below.

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$1
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9.3
0 Commissions and no deposit minimums
Registered with and regulated by SEC and FINRA
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What is an Indian stock?

It is simply a company that is headquartered in India and whose stocks trade on one of the country’s stock exchanges. The specific industry (or industries) they’re involved in varies across the entire spectrum, from pharmaceuticals to FMCG, but their shared characteristic is their location. Any investor in India can buy shares in any of the companies on this list.

Are shares a good investment?

Putting money into the stock market is one of the best ways to build wealth over time. Obviously, whether an investment is good or not depends on the quality of the companies you choose but, as a general rule, buying shares is the right move if you keep your money invested for a long period of time.

The best approach is to choose a few different types of stock so that your overall portfolio is balanced and isn’t too reliant on one company or industry for success. Large, popular companies with a strong track record, known as ‘blue-chip’ stocks, are the safest way to invest, while cheaper stocks tend to come with the possibility of a higher reward but are more risky.

The stocks on this page represent a variety of companies, large and small, that you can combine to create a balanced portfolio. All you need to do to get started is choose a broker from the table above.

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When he isn’t at work, James is an avid trader and golfer who likes to travel. He once fed, rode, and ate an ostrich all on… read more.