As markets become more globalized and economies become more entwined, it's impossible to ignore the importance of investing in international stocks. Mutual funds, index funds, and ETFs have all combined to make your international choices simpler, quicker, and in many cases, more efficient.

But for many of you, investing in a passive index fund just isn't enough. You're interested in country-specific stocks. You want to invest in companies on the ground -- not in a basket of companies in a mutual fund. Maybe you want direct exposure to Chinese agriculture, Spanish communications, or German banking. You'll find it here.

In a country-by-country rundown, we're traveling the globe to find out which foreign stocks are traded on major U.S. indices. Hopefully, our whirlwind tour will get your engine going.

Today, we'll look at a few companies headquartered in India.

Company

Industry

Market Cap

Recent Price

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (NYSE:RDY)

Drug manufacturer

$4.21 billion

$24.92

HDFC Bank (NYSE:HDB)

Financial -- regional bank

$17.51 billion

$128.49

ICICI Bank (NYSE:IBN)

Financial -- money center/bank

$19.03 billion

$35.14

Infosys Technologies (NASDAQ:INFY)

Technology -- software

$31.04 billion

$54.43

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam

Telecommunication

$962.26 million

$3.10

Patni Computer Systems (NYSE:PTI)

Technology -- business software

$1.26 billion

$19.78

Satyam Computer Services (NYSE:SAY)

Information technology services

$1.59 billion

$4.94

Sterlite Industries India

Basic materials -- copper

$14.78 billion

$17.79

Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM)

Auto manufacturer

$8.01 billion

$15.52

Wipro

Technology -- business software

$21.10 billion*

$21.47

*Does not include stocks with a market cap below $100 million. Source: Yahoo! Finance, except for Wipro, which is calculated using Capital IQ's data. Yahoo! Finance lists Wipro's market cap at $33.07 billion.

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