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Best Pharma and Healthcare Stocks in India

Medicines are essential for life and the pharma and healthcare industry has taken the center stage.

Did you know that India is hailed as the 'pharmacy of the world'? The healthcare and pharma megatrend is unstoppable in India. So, it's important you keep track of how the top pharma companies in India are performing. Here's the list of best pharma and healthcare stocks in India...

(Latest, %)
(Latest, %)
EV/EBITDividend Yield
(Curr FY, x)
RAINBOW CHILDRENS MEDICARE1,393.864.032.1%20.0%21.70.2%0.0
LAURUS LABS 444.5142.426.6%19.8%13.90.4%0.5
DR. REDDYS LAB5,814.817.426.6%19.5%12.40.7%0.1
KOVAI MEDICAL4,066.928.117.0%16.1%11.30.2%0.7
SUN PHARMA1,530.840.817.1%15.3%24.70.8%0.1
DR. LAL PATHLABS2,535.958.422.5%15.0%38.80.5%0.1
METROPOLIS HEALTHCARE1,838.375.121.7%14.6%29.10.4%0.1
APOLLO HOSPITALS5,957.0105.818.9%14.5%41.90.3%0.4
DIVIS LABORATORIES3,926.575.418.6%14.3%29.90.8%0.0
GLOBAL HEALTH1,405.879.016.9%13.5%25.50.0%0.3
THYROCARE TECHNOLOGIES643.449.317.6%12.1%24.02.8%0.0
VAIDYA AYURVEDIC LABS185.0NM18.0%11.9%33.70.1%0.0
QMS MEDICAL 116.0NM15.3%9.1%23.30.4%0.4

* We show NM where the values are negative

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Which are the best pharma and healthcare in India right now?

As per Equitymaster's Stock Screener, here is a list of the top pharma and healthcare companies in India right now...

These companies have been ranked as per their market capitalization. The higher the market cap, the higher the total value of the company.

Of course, there are other parameters you should take into account before forming a hard opinion on the stock valuation.

When should you invest in the pharma and healthcare sector?

As there is a constant demand for pharmaceutical products, stocks from the pharmaceutical sector provide stable earnings regardless of the state of the overall stock market. For this reason, they are often called defensive stocks and can protect your portfolio during bad times.

However, in a sustained bull run, these stocks will underperform the market. The best time to buy such stocks is when there is a gloomy picture on the economic front. Since defensive sectors are less prone to the above-mentioned risks, they offer lot of value in uncertain times.

What kind of dividend yields do pharma and healthcare stocks offer?

The pharma and healthcare sector does not have a consistent trend of dividend yields. Different companies have different dividend policies which vary depending on the owners discretion and the market scenario.

For more details, check out our list of top pharma and healthcare stocks offering high dividend yields.

What are the metrics used to evaluate pharma and healthcare companies?

A commonly used financial ratio in the valuation of pharma and healthcare stocks is the Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E).

One can also use Price to Earnings ratio (P/E) which compares a firm's market capitalization to its with its earnings per share. The higher the P/E ratio, the more overvalued the stock and vice versa.

To find stocks with favourable P/E ratios, check out our list of pharma and healthcare stocks with their P/E ratios.

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