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Top 10 Safe Stocks to invest in India

Updated on April 14, 2013

Safe Stocks to invest in India

The one universally acceptable golden rule for safe investment in stock market is to diversify the investment and buy shares in different sectors – Pharmaceuticals, IT, FMCG, Automobile etc. With this view in mind, one can draw up a list of top ten safe stocks to invest in India.

GlaxoSmithKline Pharma

GlaxoSmithKline Pharma or GSK Pharma, the Indian arm of a multinational research-based Pharmaceutical company focused on making prescription medicines and vaccines, - is arguably one of the best and safest Indian Pharma stocks. The company is committed to tackling the three major diseases identified by the World Health Organization - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. With opportunities in India opening up, GSK India is aligning itself with the parent company to realize certain well-set long term goals. An investor in GSK Pharma can reap rich dividends without being unduly obssessed with safety factor.

Cipla Ltd

Cipla Ltd, a frontline Indian pharmaceutical company is into manufacturing HIV treatments and have plans to sell Roche Holding AG’s and Amgen Inc.’s best- selling biotechnology medicines with a partner in China. Cipla is targeting 8 to 10 treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, colorectal cancer, allergic asthma, and head and neck cancer and the brand- name drugs would generate about $30 billion a year in sales. An investor in Cipla can never lose money but be a huge benificiary over the years. With Cipla, your investment is indeed safe.

Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL)

It can be stated without fear of contradiction that Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL) is India's largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Company. HLL's brands are household names across India and include Lifebuoy, Lux, Surf Excel, Rin, Wheel, Fair & Lovely, Pond's, Sunsilk, Clinic, Pepsodent, Close-up, Lakme, Brooke Bond, Kissan, Knorr-Annapurna, Kwality Wall's.

Their product line-up covers a host of categories, such as soaps, detergents, personal products, tea, coffee, branded staples, ice cream and culinary products. HLL has been recognized as a Golden Super Star Trading House by the Government of India. The Anglo-Dutch company Unilever owns a majority stake in Hindustan Lever Limited. If the intention of an investor is to create wealth without running undue risks, investing in HLL is the obvious answer.

Nestle India

Nestle India continues to fire on all four cylinders and many shareholders in the company have enriched themselves investing in Nestle. The bulk of the company’s shareholding - 62% is held by the Swiss based parent company. Against a paid up equity of Rs 960 m, the reserves and surplus of Nestle India is a whopping Rs 4.9 bn. An EPS of Rs 68 per share (face value Rs 10) is a dream figure.

A recent study report reveals that Nestle has the largest R&D facility in the global food industry and that Nestle India is a huge beneficiary of this research. With a gross sales turnover of Rs 52 bn in 2009, Nestle will rank as one of the largest FMCG MNCs in India. What better credentials a safe investor would want?

Hero Honda Motors Ltd

Hero Honda Motors Ltd is a successful joint venture between India's Hero Group and Japanese Honda Motors Company. This progressive company is not only the world's single largest two wheeler company but also a model joint venture company worldwide. Hero Honda in India has managed to achieve indigenization of over 95 percent, a Honda record worldwide.

Over the years, the Company has received its share of accolades, including the National Productivity Council's Award (1990-91), and the Economic Times - Harvard Business School Association of India Award, overtaking 200 contenders. If an investor wants his money to be safe and at the same time grow, it is wise to buy Hero Honda shares.


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      ronak 5 years ago

      very good tips

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      acvsd 6 years ago

      Hero Motors Ltd is better than others.

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      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Companies you mentioned here are really Blue Chips. I think no one will be disappointed holding these stocks for long term. Unfortunately I can't buy those stocks because I am not an Indian.

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      GITESH RAO 6 years ago

      REALLY GSK PHARMA SHARES ARE HELPFUL AND FOUND MOST BENEFICIAL SHARES TILL DATE & invest in it you will got real money.............@@@@@@

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      alvaro96paul 7 years ago

      great tips. Thanks, ill be following!

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      dkrainwater 7 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      great hub, I know the US stocks are killing me. I am starting to lose faith in them.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Interesting, useful and helpful.