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Liquor Stocks in India

The Indian liquor industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the globe and is expected to show an upward journey over the next few years.

According to recent research, India's liquor consumption has shown a constant hike making it a new upcoming market hit.

Liquor industry or the alcohol industry is cyclical in nature. Like any other industry, it has cycles. You will be surprised that the liquor industry in India is also somewhat connected with the sugar industry.

Molasses is a by-product of the sugar industry and the alcohol, the pure alcohol that is generated by the sugar mills is sold to the distilleries and flavouring and colouring is added to make it either into whiskey or gin or vodka.

The second half of the financial year normally sees the civilian population, or the citizens willingly put their hands into their pockets and spend money because of the festive occurrences and holidays. This is when the consumption of liquor or alcohol starts to rise.

So it doesn't require rocket science to tell you that liquor or alcohol sales actually pick up in the second half of the financial year.

Some of the liquor stocks in India include:

#1 United Spirits

#2 United Breweries

#3 Radico Khaitan

#4 Globus Spirits

#5 Associated Alcohol

These companies are presently some of the largest market players in the liquor industry in India.

There is flaring competition in this sector to capture the market share giving the investor a value growth opportunity.

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Which are the top liquor stocks in India?

Based on marketcap, these are the top liquor stocks in India:

You can see the full list of liquor stocks here.

Which are the top gainers and top losers within the liquor sector today?

Within the Liquor sector, the top gainers were KHOD.INDIA (up 4.9%) and PINCON SPIRIT (up 2.7%). On the other hand, RAVI KUMAR DIST. (down 5.0%) and WINSOME BREW (down 2.4%) were among the top losers.

How should you value liquor companies?

Investing in stocks requires careful analysis of financial data to find out a company's true worth. However, an easier way to find out about a company's performance is to look at its financial ratios.

Two commonly used financial ratios used in the valuation of stocks are -

Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) - It compares the company's stock price with its earnings per share. The higher the P/E ratio, the more expensive the stock.

Price to Book Value Ratio (P/BV) - It compares a firm's market capitalization to its book value. A high P/BV indicates markets believe the company's assets to be undervalued and vice versa.