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What is NIFTY 50? For a newbie investor, it’s often hard to get started with understanding all the details of stock markets. We will revisit the basics of the stock market and understand the different stock indices that we have in India. We will learn the basics of Indices and how they affect our stock market investing journey.
In this article, we will talk about What is Nifty 50 index?
What is Nifty 50 index?
To start with Nifty 50 index is one of many Indices that NSE India has. NSE India is a stock exchange where it allows investors/traders to invest/trade in stocks. NSE India has created many stock indices to track the performance of markets in general, NIFTY 50 is one among the many Indices.
History of NIFTY 50 index
NIFTY 50 Index was launched on 22nd April 1996. The index was launched with a base value of 1000. As the name suggests, NIFTY 50 has 50 companies as part of its index.
The NIFTY 50 index is a well-diversified 50 companies index reflecting overall market conditions. NIFTY 50 Index is computed using the free-float market capitalization method.NIFTY 50 can be used for a variety of purposes such as benchmarking fund portfolios, launching index funds, ETFs, and structured products.
Which companies/stocks are part of NIFTY 50?
As of May 2022 below are the 50 companies/stocks which are part of the NIFTY 50 Index:
|Company Name / Stock Name||Industry||Symbol|
|Adani Ports and Special|
Economic Zone Ltd.
|Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd.||Healthcare||APOLLOHOSP|
|Asian Paints Ltd.||Consumer Durables||ASIANPAINT|
|Axis Bank Ltd.||Financial Services||AXISBANK|
|Bajaj Auto Ltd.||Automobile and |
|Bajaj Finance Ltd.||Financial Services||BAJFINANCE|
|Bajaj Finserv Ltd.||Financial Services||BAJAJFINSV|
|Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.||Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels||BPCL|
|Bharti Airtel Ltd.||Telecommunication||BHARTIARTL|
|Britannia Industries Ltd.||Fast Moving Consumer Goods||BRITANNIA|
|Coal India Ltd.||Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels||COALINDIA|
|Divi’s Laboratories Ltd.||Healthcare||DIVISLAB|
|Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.||Healthcare||DRREDDY|
|Eicher Motors Ltd.||Automobile and |
|Grasim Industries Ltd.||Construction Materials||GRASIM|
|HCL Technologies Ltd.||Information Technology||HCLTECH|
|HDFC Bank Ltd.||Financial Services||HDFCBANK|
|HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd.||Financial Services||HDFCLIFE|
|Hero MotoCorp Ltd.||Automobile and |
|Hindalco Industries Ltd.||Metals & Mining||HINDALCO|
|Hindustan Unilever Ltd.||Fast Moving Consumer Goods||HINDUNILVR|
|Housing Development Finance |
|ICICI Bank Ltd.||Financial Services||ICICIBANK|
|ITC Ltd.||Fast Moving Consumer Goods||ITC|
|IndusInd Bank Ltd.||Financial Services||INDUSINDBK|
|Infosys Ltd.||Information Technology||INFY|
|JSW Steel Ltd.||Metals & Mining||JSWSTEEL|
|Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.||Financial Services||KOTAKBANK|
|Larsen & Toubro Ltd.||Construction||LT|
|Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.||Automobile and |
|Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.||Automobile and |
|Nestle India Ltd.||Fast Moving Consumer Goods||NESTLEIND|
|Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.||Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels||ONGC|
|Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.||Power||POWERGRID|
|Reliance Industries Ltd.||Oil Gas & Consumable Fuels||RELIANCE|
|SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd.||Financial Services||SBILIFE|
|Shree Cement Ltd.||Construction Materials||SHREECEM|
|State Bank of India||Financial Services||SBIN|
|Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.||Healthcare||SUNPHARMA|
|Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.||Information Technology||TCS|
|Tata Consumer Products Ltd.||Fast Moving Consumer Goods||TATACONSUM|
|Tata Motors Ltd.||Automobile and |
|Tata Steel Ltd.||Metals & Mining||TATASTEEL|
|Tech Mahindra Ltd.||Information Technology||TECHM|
|Titan Company Ltd.||Consumer Durables||TITAN|
|UltraTech Cement Ltd.||Construction Materials||ULTRACEMCO|
|Wipro Ltd.||Information Technology||WIPRO|
NIFTY 50 Index weightage by sector
By far the biggest sector within NIFTY 50 is the Financial services sector which is dominated by banks. The below table shows the weightage by sector for NIFTY 50.
|Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels||12.47|
|Fast Moving Consumer Goods||9.18|
|Automobile and Auto Components||5.83|
|Metals & Mining||3.85|
NIFTY 50 top weightage stocks / companies
Nifty 50 stocks weightage in 2022; Below are the top 10 companies as per their weightage. Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, and Infosys contribute 30 % of the NIFTY 50.
|Reliance Industries Ltd.||10.84|
|HDFC Bank Ltd.||8.27|
|ICICI Bank Ltd.||7.94|
|Housing Development Finance Corporation||5.48|
|Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.||4.07|
|Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.||3.53|
|Hindustan Unilever Ltd.||3.18|
|Larsen & Toubro Ltd.||2.95|
NIFTY 50 Index historical performance
The below graph shows the historical performance of NIFTY 50. Nifty has come a long way from 1000 in 1996 to 18000 in 2022. That’s 18x returns in 25 years!
What are the eligibility criteria for a stock/company to be part of NIFTY 50?
As per NSE website
Eligibility Criteria for Selection of Constituent Stocks:
- Market impact cost is the best measure of the liquidity of a stock. It accurately reflects the costs faced when actually trading an index. For a stock to qualify for possible inclusion into the NIFTY50, have traded at an average impact cost of 0.50% or less during the last six months for 90% of the observations, for the basket size of Rs. 100 Million.
- The company should have a listing history of 6 months.
- Companies that are allowed to trade in the F&O segment are only eligible to be constituents of the index.
- A company that comes out with an IPO will be eligible for inclusion in the index if it fulfills the normal eligibility criteria for the index for a 3-month period instead of a 6-month period.
NIFTY 50 Index Re-Balancing
The index is re-balanced on a semi-annual basis. The cut-off date is January 31 and July 31 of each year, i.e. For a semi-annual review of indices, average data for six months ending the cut-off date is considered. Four weeks prior notice is given to the market from the date of the change.
A professional team manages all NSE indices. There is a three-tier governance structure comprising the Board of Directors of NSE Indices Limited, the Index Advisory Committee (Equity), and the Index Maintenance Sub-Committee.
What is the importance of NIFTY 50 in the Indian stock market?
Although BSE Sensex is the oldest indices in the Indian stock market NIFTY 50 is being tracked by many investors in India and all over the world. NIFTY 50 is considered the major Index of the Indian stock market. NIFTY 50’s performance is used to measure the stock market performance.
If you are a new investor then we suggest you get familiarised with NIFTY 50 stocks as they are often the top 50 stocks in Indian stock markets. The NIFTY 50 stocks are mostly considered the safest stocks to invest in.
There are many ETFs and Index funds that invest directly in Indices with a low cost of managing the fund. In that case, understanding NIFTY 50 becomes a crucial part of your investing journey.
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FAQs on the NIFTY 50 Index
What does NIFTY 50 mean?
Nifty 50 is one of the Indexes created in NSE which consists of 50 stocks. The purpose of NIFTY 50 is to track the underline performance of these 50 stocks which are part of the index
What do Sensex and nifty meaning?
Sensex is an index of 30 stocks and Nifty also called NIFTY 50 is an index of 50 stocks. Sensex is an index created by BSE and NIFTY 50 is an index created by NSE India
Sensex vs NIFTY which is better?
There is no comparison between Sensex and NIFTY as they are separate indexes on their own. SENSEX is an Index of 30 stocks so Sensex tracks the performance of 30 stocks only whereas NIFTY 50 is an index of 50 stocks that tracks the performance of 50 stocks. Historically Sensex and NIFTY have given similar returns on an index basis.
How do I invest in the NIFTY 50 Index?
If you want to directly invest in NIFTY 50 then you can either buy an ETF that invests in NIFTY 50 or you can buy an index fund that invests in NIFTY 50. If you are looking to invest in stocks that are part of NIFTY 50 then you can buy any stocks which are part of NIFTY 50 via your broker.
What are nifty's returns last 10 years?
From the level of around 5500 in Nifty in 2010; Nifty has reached 18000 in 2022 thus giving around 300% returns in 10 years.
What are the top 10 nifty 50 stocks?
As per the market cap, the top 10 nifty 50 stocks as of Jan 2021 are as below:-