Last week, Alan Greenspan prophesied a "dramatic correction" in the Chinese stock market -- and the world listened. In the week since, the Shanghai Composite Index has shed approximately 3% and investors the world over seem nervous. Greenspan's clearly not the only one thinking such thoughts.

Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, echoed similar remarks, dropping the one word that shall not be mentioned -- I'll give you a hint: It rhymes with "rubble," and we had a tech one some six years ago. Further doom was hinted at by the governor of the People's Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan.

So, is the Chinese market headed for catastrophe? And are investors with exposure doomed to failure? No, they're not doomed, and I'm going to give you seven stocks that will help you profit no matter what happens in the near term.

But before we get to the stocks ...
Though investors aren't doomed, the Chinese market is overheated. Millions of Chinese citizens with newfound wealth are buying up stocks of companies they don't understand. More than 20 million brokerage accounts have been opened in China so far in 2007, four times the number opened in all of 2006.

Moreover, the Chinese stock market is valued at more than 40 times earnings, a multiple almost triple that of the market here in the states.

Dare I say it?
But any correction is not going to last, particularly for companies with solid business models, good leadership, and a manageable capital structure. And that's because China's entire economy is expected to grow between 8% and 9% over the next five to 10 years.

Chinese productivity and export growth should also continue to expand. Meanwhile, a multiplying Chinese middle class will undoubtedly consume, consume, consume.

Regardless of whether China is the leading economic power in years to come, people should feel confident in the nation's ability to grow for the long term and overcome any near-term hiccups. Because it most certainly will.

Stocks that can survive the storm
To find stocks that will profit despite a correction or two, an investor must evaluate a company's business model apart from the rising tide of China's rapid economic growth. Ask yourself whether this business could succeed in a nation that wasn't growing as quickly. Similarly, evaluate the rest of the company as if it were a company in your own backyard. Is it producing free cash flow? Does it have manageable levels of debt? What are its competitive advantages? Are those advantages lasting? And, finally, does it have defensible sources of income?

A stock's exposure to China will only take it so far. It has to be a sound investment first. So I'm going to give you seven stocks with promising exposure to the Eastern nation, proven ability to generate free cash flow, and debt levels that are manageable:


Unlevered Free Cash Flow (in millions)

Debt/Capital Ratio

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY)



Yanzhou Coal Mining (NYSE:YZC)



American Oriental Bioengineering (NYSE:AOB)



Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB)



Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH)



Comtech Group (NASDAQ:COGO)



PetroChina (NYSE:PTR)



Data is TTM and courtesy of Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

Solid companies with great opportunity
Best Buy and Dolby are two solid American stocks that have China in their crosshairs. Dolby already brings in roughly 20% of its revenues from China and Taiwan and is currently allocating a large amount of resources and attention to expansion within the region. And while Best Buy brings in only a marginal 2% of its revenues from the nation, it's currently evaluating the massive strategic opportunity inherent there.

Aluminum Corp. of China and PetroChina are two market behemoths that will supply the nation's growing thirst for raw materials. The rest are well-positioned with strong models.

The Foolish bottom line
Perhaps the Chinese market is poised for a correction, perhaps not. Of course, if a correction does come, it might just provide you with a great entry point for one of these stocks.

Regardless, China is growing rapidly, and you won't miss out on the action if you've got a financially sound company with a competitive edge to exploit. These are precisely the stocks we seek out at our Motley Fool Global Gains international-investing service. In fact, lead advisor Bill Mann departs for China, Taiwan, and India tomorrow in search of more attractive investment opportunities in these fast-growing economies. You can get all of his updates and analysis live from the field by sending him an email ASAP at

Fool analyst Nick Kapur owns no shares of any company mentioned above. Best Buy and Dolby are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. The Fool has a disclosure policy.