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 South Africa.



Market Cap

Recent Price

Anooraq Resources (NYSE:ANO)

Industrial metals and minerals

$172.9 million



Basic materials -- gold

$269.4 million


Gold Fields (NYSE:GFI)

Basic materials -- gold

$9.5 billion


Great Basin Gold (NYSE:GBG)

Basic materials -- gold

$580.7 million


Net 1 Ueps Technologies (NASDAQ:UEPS)

Application software

$894.4 million


Sappi Limited (NYSE:SPP)

Paper and paper products

$2.5 billion


Sasol (NYSE:SSL)

Oil and gas refining

$23.3 billion


*Does not include stocks with a market cap below $100 million.

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