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 ETF's 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 -- because 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 -- and this is where you'll find it.

In a country-by-country rundown, we're taking a tour across the globe finding out which foreign stocks are traded on major U.S. indices. Hopefully, it will get your investing engine going.

In today's article, we'll spotlight seven companies headquartered in Hong Kong.



Market Cap (millions)

Recent Price

CDC Software (Nasdaq: CDCS)

Application software



China Mobile (NYSE: CHL)

Wireless communications



ChinaPrecision Steel (Nasdaq: CPSL)

Materials-steel & iron



ChinaCast Education (Nasdaq: CAST)

Education services



City Telecom HK (Nasdaq: CTEL)

Telecom services




Independent oil & gas



Melco Crown Entertainment (Nasdaq: MPEL)

Resorts & casinos



Source: Yahoo! Finance.

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Fool contributor Jordan DiPietro doesn't own any of the shares above. CNOOC and Melco Crown Entertainment are Motley Fool Global Gains selections. The Fool owns shares of China Mobile. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.