Monday, July 13, 2009

Stock Picks: Top 20 Indian Stocks to own by Forbes India

The following is the list of 20 stocks that were recommended by Forbes India in their recent release

Page Industries: A small company that makes a small product with big margins

Pidilite Industries: Pidilite has brands like Fevicol, M-Seal, car polish Motomax and other assorted consumer art materials and specialised home paints

Dabur: This company has focus. Five years ago, Dabur got out of the pharmaceutical business and put all its effort, like the best brand companies, behind five of its brands

Procter and Gamble Hygiene: Over the last three years, the money that P&G invested did not translate into market cap gains

Marico: Till 2008-09 came by, the company’s sales and profits had grown for 30 consecutive quarters, indicating a stable track record

Blue Star: Two decades to reach Rs. 1,000 crore in sales; two years to reach Rs. 2,000 crore in 2008

BHEL: For 2009-10, the company is increasing its capacity from 10 GW to 15 GW

Power Finance Corporation: At about 25 per cent, the company’s net profit margin is close to what the best software companies earn at half their price-to-earnings ratio

Mahindra & Mahindra: Rural India is earning well because of infrastructure boom. M&M’s SUVs are selling briskly and its market share in the SUV space has gone from 51 per cent to 57 per cent in the last two years

Allcargo Global Logistics:
This stock was one of the earliest to recover after it fell dramatically in October

Crisil: The 800-pound gorilla of rating agencies, it rates 1,000 firms today

ICRA: There is room for both Crisil and ICRA in the space

HDFC Bank: A cautious and solid bank, it is safe because its government bond holdings are 3 per cent over the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) requirement

Kingfisher Airlines: The company has a debt-equity ratio of 3:1

Oracle Financial: It suffered when foreign banks went broke

Suzlon: Debt is high and so are the receivables.

Ranbaxy: The last 12 months have been bad. Sales are down, research hasn’t paid off and US FDA is after it for manufacturing lapses

NIIT: As IT crashed so did the IT trainer. Its stock fell 85 per cent to Rs. 14

Wockhardt: Its core business is in fine fettle. Its problems are foreign loan repayments and derivative losses

Hindalco: The acquisition of Novelis tripled Hindalco’s sales but caused an 11 per cent decline in net profits