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Investment Olympics: India

Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 9:29 PM ET

India might not compare to China in its Olympic fortunes but the tiger of Asia’s economy certainly rivals China it its ferociousness.

Growing at least 7% annually since 1996 India secret weapon is its workforce. The world's most populous democracy is filled with well-educated professionals who export IT and other technology related services.

But is this tiger running too fast?

Inflation over the last 12 months surged 12 percent which, in turn, sent India's stock market down 26 percent.

Investment Olympics: Buy India?
India's economy grew at least seven percent annually since 1996, with the Fast Money crew.

In recent weeks, Indian government officials have lowered gross domestic product growth forecasts. And a $15 billion debt relief package for poor farmers and a pay hike for civil servants have added to budgetary strain.

So, how should you play this dangerous tiger?

I’m sending you straight to Dell, says Guy Adami. They expect revenues to go from $700 million to $1 billion in India.

Look at Wal-Mart, says Jeff Macke, but only if they can crack the nation’s restrictive rules on the size of retailers.

I like Nokia the best, says Karen Finerman, as an India play. They are India's biggest handset seller by far and they have huge brand recogniztion.

The only domestic play I like in India is ICICI Bank Limited, adds Pete Najarian.

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India’s Top 5 ADRs

Company Symbol Market Cap.

Infosys (INFY) $24B

ICICI Bank (IBN) $17B

Wipro Limited (WIP) $17B

Sterlite Industries (SLT) $10B

Satyam Computer (SAY) $8B



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Trader disclosure: On Aug 14, 2008, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Macke Owns (COST), (DIS), (MSFT), (WMT), (UUP); Adami Owns (C), (GS), (INTC), (BTU), (AGU), (MSFT), (NUE); Najarian Owns (AAPL), (NOK), (TSO), (XTO); Najarian Owns (WPI) Calls, (ONXX) Calls, (MRVL) Calls, (CSCO) Calls; Najarian Owns (BGG) Puts; Finerman Owns (GS); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (C) Leaps; Finerman's Firm Owns (JCP), (MSFT), (NOK), (SUN), (TSO), (VLO), (MO); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), (IWM), (SPY), (IJR), (XLF), (BBT), (COF); Finerman's Firm Owns (ANF) Call Spreads; Finerman's Firm Is Short British Pound

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