F&O Stock List – The Three Golden Rules for Selecting F&O Stocks

F&O Stocks

Are you searching for the F&O stock list? If yes, then you have come to the best place. You see, while other websites will give you a standard no-brainer F&O stock list, we are going a step further. Yes, we will be sharing the F&O stock list, but that’s not all. We will also teach you how to shortlist the best stocks for F&O trading from the F&O stock list. But before we reveal the F&O stock list, you need to keep three rules in mind when dealing with F&O stocks –

Rule No. 1: Only select F&O stocks with very high liquidity.

In the F&O segment, you must make quick decisions. This is possible only if the F&O stock has ample liquidity. For example, as an F&O stock, Infosys Ltd. has very high liquidity. On April 18, 2022 nearly 79, 587 futures contracts worth Rs 3,899 crore were traded. This high volume was because Infosys results were declared. So, you can enter and exit trades in Infosys easily. In contrast, trading in MCX would not be ideal since only 831 contracts worth Rs 40 crore were traded on April 18, 2022.

So, the first rule of selecting an F&O stock is to ensure that minimum 3,000 contracts are traded on any particular date.  

Rule No. 2: The best F&O stocks are those, which experience high volatility.

Yes, volatility is your friend in the F&O segment. What is the point of investing in F&O stocks that don’t move? You can make money in an F&O stock, only when the stock moves in either direction at a fast pace. Hence, always look and trade in stocks, which experience high volatility. The table below shows the top 10 F&O stocks with highest daily volatility as on April 20, 2022.

Date Symbol Applicable Daily Volatility (M) = Max (E or K)
20-Apr-22 IDEA 0.0508
20-Apr-22 ZEEL 0.0387
20-Apr-22 IBULHSGFIN 0.0384
20-Apr-22 HINDCOPPER 0.0352
20-Apr-22 RBLBANK 0.0349
20-Apr-22 RAIN 0.0331
20-Apr-22 BHEL 0.0325
20-Apr-22 INTELLECT 0.0322
20-Apr-22 BALRAMCHIN 0.0319
20-Apr-22 NATIONALUM 0.0318

Notice that Infosys Ltd. has very high liquidity. It is the most traded contract among all 199 F&O stocks. But the volatility is almost non-existent. We don’t want to invest in such stocks.

A perfect F&O stock has the perfect combination of – High Liquidity (number of traded contracts) + High Volatility (daily volatility) + not in the ban period.

Rule No 3: Avoid stocks that are a part of the F&O Ban list.

Similar to the F&O stock list is the F&O ban list. This list is published by the National Stock Exchange on a daily basis. It contains all the stocks that are not available for trading in the F&O segment. For example. TATA Power Ltd. was on the F&O ban list for April 21, 2022. The F&O ban list is readily available on the NSE platform. Click here to check the F&O ban list.

Now you must be wondering, ‘how does a stock enter the F&O ban list?’ . This little calculation is based on the Market Wide Position Limit (MWPL) and the aggregate open interest (OI). A stock enters the F&O ban list when its aggregate open interest of a stock exceeds 95% of the MWPL. A stock will remain in the F&O ban list, until the aggregate OI does not fall below 80% of MWPL. Naturally, you are not allowed to trade in stocks, which are a part of the F&O ban list.

Using these three rules, you can easily shortlist the best F&O stocks for trading.

There are a total of 199 F&O stocks in India. Let us see how to download the list of the F&O stocks in India.

Steps to Download the F&O Stock List

1. Visit nseindia.com

2. Click on the market data option in the menu bar and select daily market reports (extreme right)

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3. Now select Derivatives

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4. Now download the following excel files –

  • F&O security in the ban period
  • F&O bhavcopy
  • F&O daily volatility

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For your convenience, we have already downloaded the list of F&O stocks and F&O stocks ban for April 20, 2022.

List of F&O Stocks – April 20, 2022

SYMBOL  Open  High  Low  Close Number of contracts  Value in Lakh  Open Interest Change in Open Interest
INFY          1,605         1,656        1,586           1,624                     79,587                    389,909         35,453,700                285,300
HDFCBANK          1,426         1,438        1,397           1,403                     47,797                    372,422         56,014,750             2,855,050
TATASTEEL          1,335         1,362        1,330           1,343                     20,878                    119,391         30,492,900              (486,625)
TCS          3,600         3,620        3,537           3,542                     19,967                    106,674         10,546,200                152,400
HDFC          2,326         2,330        2,266           2,273                     19,718                    135,712         22,633,800                407,700
RELIANCE          2,531         2,570        2,531           2,554                     17,376                    110,702         34,926,250                   80,250
ICICIBANK              753            766            750               762                     16,616                    173,301         95,745,375                365,750
NTPC              156            164            155               163                     16,595                    151,939         79,064,700          11,707,800
TATAPOWER              266            267            253               258                     15,532                    272,044         99,042,750             2,760,750
MINDTREE          3,971         4,036        3,845           3,976                     13,705                    107,948           2,859,000                437,200
SBIN              511            516            504               511                     13,115                    100,317         66,315,000                355,500
WIPRO              548            550            538               541                     13,039                      56,705         27,268,000              (656,800)
JUBLFOOD          2,760         2,876        2,743           2,856                     12,862                      45,536           2,144,625                   98,125
ITC              268            273            267               270                     10,884                      94,141      114,393,600                   67,200
AMBUJACEM              361            380            361               365                     10,625                      58,519         28,456,500          (1,089,000)
AXISBANK              783            804            779               801                     10,259                      97,343         42,206,400                586,800
KOTAKBANK          1,770         1,774        1,733           1,753                       9,588                      67,033         16,762,000                   27,200
HCLTECH          1,109         1,109        1,079           1,097                       9,585                      73,281         21,408,100                185,500
LTI          5,890         6,085        5,817           5,899                       9,262                      82,547           1,361,550                116,100
TECHM          1,385         1,387        1,331           1,349                       8,628                      69,746         13,488,600              (211,800)
TATAMOTORS              428            437            424               435                       8,307                    101,897         82,852,350          (1,818,300)
ICICIPRULI              546            571            535               542                       8,069                      33,452           5,925,750                474,750
ADANIENT          2,180         2,247        2,160           2,240                       7,965                      87,956         18,831,000                (19,000)
MARUTI          7,360         7,611        7,354           7,586                       7,567                      56,850           2,154,200                (34,100)
BHARTIARTL              740            742            726               733                       6,521                      45,348         48,460,450                704,900
MPHASIS          2,985         3,016        2,830           2,884                       6,458                      32,610           1,738,450                   17,325
BEL              245            257            245               255                       6,386                      61,367         31,422,200          (2,014,000)
HINDALCO              544            558            539               548                       6,258                      36,704         25,293,675                (38,700)
ASIANPAINT          3,060         3,066        3,025           3,034                       5,951                      27,174           4,903,800                (13,800)
ACC          2,224         2,261        2,152           2,159                       5,819                      31,754           3,041,000                (31,500)
DIVISLAB          4,505         4,584        4,460           4,530                       5,792                      26,295           2,071,700                   28,000
JSWSTEEL              767            776            759               768                       5,693                      59,010         28,694,250              (174,150)
BANDHANBNK              322            327            316               324                       5,587                      32,458         36,174,600                (14,400)
ZEEL              275            278            268               275                       5,574                      45,710         83,457,000              (132,000)
BAJFINANCE          7,284         7,390        7,242           7,289                       5,492                      50,135           3,947,000                   32,375
APOLLOHOSP          4,708         4,746        4,520           4,556                       5,460                      31,381           1,787,000                (23,125)
VOLTAS          1,278         1,289        1,245           1,252                       5,364                      33,816           3,398,500                136,000
DLF              383            392            380               390                       5,353                      34,102         38,298,150              (922,350)
VEDL              427            432            419               425                       5,344                      70,586         52,430,300          (2,396,300)
HINDUNILVR          2,149         2,184        2,138           2,179                       5,342                      34,772         10,485,300              (205,800)
ADANIPORTS              827            850            824               846                       5,300                      55,441         74,761,250              (315,000)
BAJAJFINSV        16,009      16,032      15,705         15,881                       5,275                      41,846               602,050                     9,750
HDFCLIFE              559            578            556               575                       5,259                      33,018         24,525,600              (675,400)
CHAMBLFERT              475            511            473               509                       5,154                      38,207           3,120,000                534,000
COALINDIA              187            192            185               190                       5,109                      40,553         37,489,200                848,400
TITAN          2,430         2,509        2,417           2,502                       5,076                      47,039           5,761,125              (219,750)
IGL              389            398            385               395                       4,680                      25,328         15,701,125              (265,375)
BANKBARODA              118            119            114               114                       4,674                      63,191      110,670,300             9,664,200
LT          1,747         1,749        1,718           1,744                       4,524                      45,109         12,250,375                176,525
DRREDDY          4,270         4,330        4,246           4,298                       4,494                      24,078           2,711,500                   23,375
PVR          1,904         1,904        1,810           1,829                       4,472                      33,430           2,547,006              (266,585)
INDUSINDBK              975            985            968               980                       4,463                      39,208         24,248,700                107,100
HAL          1,671         1,756        1,662           1,741                       4,406                      36,036           2,603,475                (39,425)
SBILIFE          1,142         1,182        1,135           1,175                       4,353                      38,166           7,230,750              (321,000)
M&M              863            877            860               875                       4,293                      26,186         10,864,700              (390,600)
SAIL              106            108            105               105                       4,214                      21,200      140,315,000          (1,235,000)
UPL              840            840            795               808                       4,206                      44,044         22,492,600              (159,900)
HAVELLS          1,257         1,301        1,257           1,283                       4,049                      25,936           4,781,000                108,000
SRTRANSFIN          1,153         1,180        1,126           1,169                       3,905                      18,071           4,022,800                   84,400
LTTS          4,435         4,498        4,278           4,325                       3,886                      33,883               895,000                   22,200
CIPLA          1,010         1,039        1,010           1,031                       3,885                      25,906           7,965,750              (256,750)
SRF          2,560         2,650        2,530           2,627                       3,732                      36,155           3,089,625                (22,125)
ULTRACEMCO          6,650         6,710        6,585           6,662                       3,675                      24,466           1,933,900                (67,400)
COFORGE          4,070         4,123        3,993           4,084                       3,662                      14,847               956,100                (12,200)
ONGC              176            179            175               176                       3,576                      48,815         57,334,200                900,900
BALRAMCHIN              471            497            471               493                       3,553                      27,699           7,790,400                   17,600
JINDALSTEL              552            560            545               555                       3,487                      48,202         30,197,500                185,000
IRCTC              768            768            744               757                       3,404                      22,438         12,472,250                393,750
SUNPHARMA              930            942            921               928                       3,341                      21,762         16,377,900              (334,600)
BSOFT              440            444            424               426                       3,109                      17,523           4,472,000              (323,700)
AUBANK          1,390         1,398        1,360           1,379                       3,107                      21,453           2,072,000                   57,000
CANBK              239            240            232               235                       2,969                      37,764         41,142,600                118,800
PNB                36               36              36                 36                       2,858                      16,493      201,840,000          (6,896,000)
GRASIM          1,756         1,768        1,726           1,744                       2,839                      23,515           9,571,725              (332,500)
AUROPHARMA              684            688            665               677                       2,821                      14,289         15,003,000                     4,500
IDFCFIRSTB                40               41              40                 41                       2,699                      12,204      217,937,400          (1,431,900)
TATACONSUM              817            827            811               825                       2,699                      14,935           8,335,575                (15,525)
IBULHSGFIN              164            165            159               162                       2,621                      13,156         37,107,000              (957,900)
ASHOKLEY              127            129            126               128                       2,530                      14,500         28,588,500              (738,000)
SBICARD              828            830            804               814                       2,502                      10,210           7,060,000                158,500
TVSMOTOR              639            667            639               658                       2,437                      22,341           7,242,200                (46,200)
INDIGO          1,827         1,899        1,827           1,890                       2,415                      11,277           2,587,750                (67,000)
ESCORTS          1,531         1,561        1,513           1,552                       2,404                      20,388           4,023,800              (282,150)
M&MFIN              181            182            176               178                       2,399                      17,162         32,676,000          (1,228,000)
TATACHEM              951            994            951               990                       2,360                      23,018           5,369,000                (25,000)
TATACOMM          1,290         1,325        1,266           1,313                       2,353                      12,270           3,978,000                (48,800)
POWERGRID              230            233            229               232                       2,336                      28,752         37,576,318                389,309
GAIL              168            170            167               168                       2,217                      22,800         27,450,000              (353,800)
DEEPAKNTR          2,270         2,285        2,228           2,277                       2,210                      12,452           1,725,000                (16,500)
GNFC              862            893            851               890                       2,160                      24,723           3,104,400              (102,700)
BAJAJ-AUTO          3,660         3,748        3,648           3,700                       2,135                      19,755           1,824,750                127,750
INDHOTEL              250            253            245               247                       2,129                      21,248         22,454,826              (784,290)
PEL          2,253         2,269        2,193           2,233                       2,058                      12,631           3,037,650                (51,425)
BALKRISIND          2,072         2,105        2,051           2,091                       2,050                        8,516           1,237,800                (12,000)
TORNTPOWER              543            569            541               564                       2,048                      17,189           3,087,000                262,500
IEX              233            233            227               232                       2,019                      17,460         37,121,250              (105,000)
NESTLEIND        18,523      18,668      18,236         18,538                       2,012                        9,302               280,700                         525
BHEL                54               55              54                 55                       1,987                      11,336         99,193,500                997,500
GODREJCP              786            806            780               800                       1,974                        7,875           5,923,000                (60,000)
NATIONALUM              120            123            118               120                       1,974                      20,129         82,960,000          (1,198,500)
GODREJPROP          1,590         1,615        1,566           1,610                       1,968                      10,195           4,006,275                (27,950)
LICHSGFIN              382            386            373               377                       1,928                      14,586         22,598,000              (378,000)
DELTACORP              309            312            302               305                       1,919                      13,540         12,831,700                   11,500
HEROMOTOCO          2,271         2,303        2,253           2,294                       1,917                      13,102           3,659,100                (75,600)
BHARATFORG              720            735            697               731                       1,883                      10,264           5,148,000                   72,750
CHOLAFIN              722            731            714               728                       1,840                      16,614           8,511,250              (147,500)
PERSISTENT          4,254         4,349        4,217           4,233                       1,835                      11,776               441,000                   46,500
FEDERALBNK                97               98              96                 97                       1,827                      17,734         61,610,000              (770,000)
APOLLOTYRE              193            195            189               191                       1,807                        8,632         13,012,500              (912,500)
NMDC              168            170            166               169                       1,788                      20,169         55,395,600          (1,005,000)
COROMANDEL              834            865            833               859                       1,724                        9,192           1,311,875                190,625
CROMPTON              379            385            369               378                       1,719                        7,105           4,475,900              (324,500)
HDFCAMC          2,156         2,219        2,156           2,181                       1,718                        7,528           2,819,000                   11,600
MANAPPURAM              122            124            120               123                       1,680                        6,152         29,610,000              (351,000)
BIOCON              350            351            339               344                       1,660                      13,117         14,087,500                   41,400
IDEA                10               10              10                 10                       1,659                      11,842      647,640,000        (17,640,000)
NAUKRI          4,698         4,733        4,610           4,676                       1,641                        9,572           1,366,625                (23,250)
MCDOWELL-N              892            900            877               889                       1,621                      18,023         12,955,000                   45,000
HINDPETRO              288            292            282               284                       1,617                      12,463         13,864,500              (318,600)
LUPIN              780            782            765               773                       1,609                      10,569           8,240,750              (158,950)
WHIRLPOOL          1,645         1,670        1,614           1,628                       1,602                        6,570           1,139,000                (31,250)
DIXON          4,370         4,370        4,253           4,295                       1,600                        8,618               600,750                     6,375
IOC              128            129            127               129                       1,592                      13,263         54,197,000              (955,500)
OBEROIRLTY              990         1,006            965           1,002                       1,563                      10,839           4,221,700                (28,700)
INDIACEM              224            227            216               218                       1,505                        9,613         14,314,400              (188,500)
EICHERMOT          2,479         2,526        2,463           2,517                       1,486                      12,962           3,298,050                   15,750
BPCL              378            379            371               373                       1,485                      10,004         17,521,200                273,600
ASTRAL          2,127         2,127        2,045           2,100                       1,484                        8,499               654,225                   (6,875)
PFC              118            120            117               119                       1,451                      10,642         40,634,800              (403,000)
ABFRL              292            299            287               294                       1,449                      11,025         11,250,200                (75,400)
MUTHOOTFIN          1,290         1,310        1,277           1,304                       1,438                        6,978           3,529,875                (55,125)
BATAINDIA          1,871         1,980        1,871           1,974                       1,349                      14,475           1,456,400                (28,050)
DABUR              553            565            551               564                       1,321                        9,252         11,251,250                (76,250)
MOTHERSUMI              139            140            137               139                       1,295                        6,257         25,571,000              (434,000)
LALPATHLAB          2,655         2,731        2,635           2,686                       1,276                        4,282               763,125                   (9,500)
SHREECEM        25,034      25,490      24,868         25,449                       1,272                        8,031               180,050                      (850)
FSL              130            130            126               127                       1,266                        4,193         13,156,000              (527,800)
MARICO              520            524            517               520                       1,257                        6,545           7,443,000                (99,000)
CONCOR              674            679            665               676                       1,237                        6,662           5,826,400                118,400
BRITANNIA          3,337         3,375        3,315           3,353                       1,216                        8,147           1,329,600                     4,600
PIIND          2,906         2,951        2,835           2,934                       1,202                        8,708           1,571,250                   (7,500)
MRF        66,028      67,089      64,518         66,473                       1,178                        7,816               101,000                     1,270
INDUSTOWER              217            218            213               217                       1,164                        7,012         15,990,800              (935,200)
PIDILITIND          2,358         2,385        2,328           2,366                       1,125                        6,636           2,926,500                (65,500)
MFSL              780            791            759               775                       1,098                        5,523           1,812,200                   78,650
ZYDUSLIFE              363            368            359               365                       1,093                        4,377         17,382,200              (102,300)
L&TFH                82               84              81                 83                       1,089                        8,013         42,701,340                223,100
SIEMENS          2,437         2,463        2,403           2,455                       1,040                        6,977           1,459,700                   (4,675)
SUNTV              505            510            498               508                       1,029                        7,766         12,646,500              (138,000)
UBL          1,505         1,527        1,501           1,514                       1,019                        5,406           1,062,600                   68,600
MGL              813            838            813               826                       1,001                        4,965           2,760,000                (25,800)
GUJGASLTD              532            537            525               532                           989                        6,567           3,218,750              (115,000)
CUMMINSIND          1,050         1,090        1,050           1,084                           978                        6,330           1,722,600                (22,200)
POLYCAB          2,550         2,644        2,540           2,583                           974                        7,555               673,800                   42,900
RAMCOCEM              809            812            795               806                           936                        6,394           2,588,250              (117,300)
PETRONET              203            206            202               205                           932                        5,720         18,903,000              (195,000)
RECLTD              129            132            129               131                           892                        6,966         28,584,000                (54,000)
IDFC                60               60              59                 60                           883                        5,275      110,070,000          (1,340,000)
METROPOLIS          2,376         2,473        2,376           2,417                           873                        4,229               436,000                   (5,200)
ALKEM          3,445         3,490        3,401           3,471                           847                        5,836               203,200                     7,400
AARTIIND              948            954            930               944                           837                        6,702           1,904,000                   73,100
INDIAMART          4,711         4,896        4,672           4,852                           831                        3,010               294,825                         750
MCX          1,390         1,399        1,367           1,383                           831                        4,020           2,170,700                (49,000)
NAVINFLUOR          3,910         3,995        3,817           3,980                           815                        7,172               399,375                   (5,625)
ABCAPITAL              116            117            114               115                           811                        4,113         20,385,200              (607,200)
AMARAJABAT              567            571            560               571                           789                        4,466           6,646,000                (42,000)
INTELLECT              899            901            870               885                           774                        5,128           1,503,000                   21,000
TRENT          1,225         1,250        1,218           1,228                           762                        6,820           2,701,350                (21,750)
TORNTPHARM          2,852         2,888        2,819           2,867                           755                        5,407               674,750                (29,000)
COLPAL          1,540         1,555        1,521           1,551                           754                        4,075           2,219,350                     7,700
CANFINHOME              625            635            611               626                           748                        4,542           3,392,025                (95,550)
ICICIGI          1,346         1,377        1,346           1,360                           734                        4,246           2,823,275                   19,975
EXIDEIND              156            156            153               156                           729                        4,067         19,720,800              (475,200)
DALBHARAT          1,611         1,632        1,594           1,608                           721                        2,908           1,225,000                   21,750
GLENMARK              478            480            468               470                           714                        3,881           6,145,600                129,950
RBLBANK              129            132            128               131                           694                        2,617         44,158,300          (1,856,000)
STAR              358            362            350               356                           685                        2,191           4,617,000                (86,400)
OFSS          3,464         3,618        3,464           3,586                           674                        2,999               446,000                   (8,750)
BERGEPAINT              716            723            708               720                           657                        5,193           3,974,300                   95,700
GRANULES              298            300            294               299                           636                        2,928         11,367,700                (46,500)
GMRINFRA                38               39              38                 39                           631                        5,453      105,975,000              (157,500)
LAURUSLABS              598            602            596               601                           582                        3,140           6,825,600                   (2,700)
BOSCHLTD        14,150      14,623      14,107         14,599                           566                        4,099               143,700                   (3,150)
SYNGENE              634            643            626               639                           555                        2,990           1,093,950                (58,650)
ATUL          9,675         9,850        9,600           9,801                           514                        3,767               146,400                   (4,650)
RAIN              185            185            179               181                           497                        2,261           6,345,000                (67,500)
ABB          2,182         2,224        2,141           2,187                           492                        2,676               264,000                   (8,000)
PFIZER          4,374         4,510        4,374           4,474                           471                        2,619               135,125                     2,625
JKCEMENT          2,741         2,781        2,717           2,733                           465                        2,230               254,100                   (4,900)
NAM-INDIA              330            337            328               332                           445                        2,377           2,672,000                (12,800)
HINDCOPPER              121            122            119               121                           434                        2,252         16,490,500                   (4,300)
PAGEIND        44,601      45,534      44,552         45,462                           424                        5,744                 83,250                     1,920
CUB              139            139            136               137                           411                        1,918         12,284,200                (30,600)
ABBOTINDIA        17,700      17,786      17,354         17,395                           406                        1,778                 32,025                         325
IPCALAB          1,040         1,047        1,013           1,027                           389                        1,799               691,650                (27,900)
APLLTD              772            779            769               777                           354                        1,921           1,692,600                (16,800)
GSPL              275            282            272               275                           348                        1,631           2,442,900                (22,100)
NBCC                40               40              39                 40                           282                        1,343         25,944,000                216,000
HONAUT        39,842      40,454      39,509         40,292                           155                            931                   5,985                      (360)

*Expiry – 28th April 2022

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