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Tapping into India's Growth: 3 ADRs to Own Now

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What is an American Depositary Receipt (ADR)?

An American Depositary Receipt (ADR) is like a passport for foreign stocks to be traded on U.S. exchanges. When a non-U.S. company wants to make its shares available to American investors, it teams up with a U.S. depository bank. The bank buys a bunch of the foreign company’s shares and issues ADRs, which represent those shares. These ADRs can then be bought and sold on U.S. stock markets, making it simpler for American investors to access and trade stocks from companies based internationally.

What Advantages do ADRs offer U.S. Investors?

Trading ADRs offers three main advantages to domestic investors:

1.       Diversification: Because ADRs represent non-US equities, they offer U.S. investors a means to invest in stocks that are not correlated to U.S. stocks. Such diversification can help investors to reduce risk and limit downside should U.S. equities retreat.

2.       Growth Opportunities: ADRs allow investors to tap into the growth potential of fast-growing international economies. By investing in companies from emerging markets with ADRs, investors can capitalize on the economic expansion and development in those countries without directly navigating their sometimes-complex local stock exchanges.  

3.       Regulated: To become an ADR, international companies must pass certain regulatory hurdles.

India’s Unique Opportunity on the World Stage

India, Asia’s third-largest economy, saw its economy expand by a blistering 7.6% in the September quarter, much higher than the Reserve Bank of India’s estimate of 6.5%. As China’s economy continues to struggle, India is picking up the slack. Tense U.S./China relations are allowing India’s manufacturing sector to thrive. Meanwhile, India’s government is showing itself to be pro-business, even offering EV-King Tesla ((TSLA - Free Report) ) billions in incentives to start manufacturing some of its batteries in India.

India’s stock market is beginning to respond to the unique opportunities the country is taking advantage of. Tuesday, the iShares MSCI India ETF ((INDA - Free Report) ) gained ground for a fourth straight session. Currently, the ETF is emerging from a classic double-bottom base structure.

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Below are 3 Indian ADRs worth owning:

“The Priceline of India”

MakeMyTrip ((MMYT - Free Report) ) is an online travel company that facilitates travel bookings and services. Primarily focused on the Indian market, MakeMyTrip allows users to book flights, hotels, buses, trains, and holiday packages through its platform.

As India’s economy continues to grow, so will its middle class. A larger middle class means more travel for Indian citizens. For 2024, Zacks Consensus Estimates expect annual EPS growth to explode by 135.42% year-over-year.

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Tapping into IT Growth

Infosys ((INFY - Free Report) ) is an information technology services company that helps businesses worldwide with their technology needs. INFYS offers various services, including software development, consulting, and outsourcing. The company works on projects related to fast-growing industries such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and digital transformation.

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Banking Boom

ICICI Bank ((IBN - Free Report) ) is a financial institution that provides various banking and financial services like credit cards, investment products, and savings and checking accounts. As India’s economy grows, the need for banking will grow exponentially. Tuesday, shares gapped up 5% on massive volume – a sign that heavy-pocketed investors were buying shares.

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