On Aug. 20, Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) closed a $16 billion deal with Flipkart, India's top e-commerce retailer.
Wall Street loves the deal's potential for Walmart stock - the company's stock rose slightly after the announcement.
After all, Walmart's move into Asian markets gives the company access to one of the world's fastest-growing middle classes. Plus, that rapidly expanding consumer base is clamoring for American products.
However, we've seen this move done before - with far more profitability.
Walmart's deal is just the latest in a string of transpacific partnerships that are creating tremendous profit opportunities for savvy investors.
And while the ink on Walmart's deal is still drying, there's one company that's already giving Asia's middle class what they want - and making a killing in the process...
Walmart's Shareholders Will Be Left Tapping Their Feet
With 1.3 billion people, aggressive GDP growth and a booming middle class, India is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest investment opportunities of the 21st century.
Flipcart helps Walmart tap into that potential.
As India's top e-commerce company, Flipcart serves more than 800 Indian cities and makes over 500,000 deliveries daily, beating out Amazon.com Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AMZN) India operations.
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And that's in addition to the company's forays into artificial intelligence and development of everything from national mobile networks to household appliances.
Walmart's 77% stake in Flipcart gives it direct access to the distribution system of India's most popular retailor. However, Walmart can't exactly hit the ground running and begin raking in profits.
Establishing efficient trade networks, identifying successful product strategies for Indian customers, and interlinking Flipcart's ecosystem with Walmart's American operations will take years to achieve.
Investors could be waiting years for any meaningful returns...
However, there's another company tapping into the same trends driving India's spectacular consumer growth - and it's already generating tremendous profits for shareholders.
You see, China is undergoing the same kind of middle-class boom as India.
According Forbes, China currently has more than 500 million middle-class consumers, nearly twice the population of the entire United States.
Analysts estimate that this number will balloon to well over 600 million by 2022.
This expanding middle class is fueling the growth behind an immense retail market. Just last year, China's retail industry was worth $6 trillion dollars. This is a 400% increase from 2010 levels and over nine times the amount from 2000.
According to Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon, this growth is occurring on an unprecedented scale.
"Remember, on a global basis, two-thirds of 'real GDP' is due to China and emerging Asia," Bill said. "The former 'Big Three' - North America, Western Europe, and Japan - only account for 29% of what the world produces."
In other words, China's rates of production and consumption are off the charts. And they're only going up.
Our top pick to take advantage of Asia's growth has been tapped into China's profit potential since its inception.
Already controlling over 50% of China's online retail market, it's a company perfectly positioned to profit from Chinese consumers' aggressive demand for digital retail...
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Buy Alibaba to Cash in on Asia's Consumer Boom
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) is a multinational e-commerce, retail, Internet, AI, and tech conglomerate headquartered in China's Zhejiang province.
Founded in 1999, the company has become the king of Chinese online retail; a one-stop shop for every consumer good imaginable.
Many experts compare Alibaba dominance to America's online retailer, Amazon. However, that's not quite fair.
During Amazon's biggest 2017 sale day of the year, "Prime Day," the American juggernaut cleared $1 billion for the first time. Meanwhile, Alibaba's "Singles' Day," its biggest 2017 sale session, raked in $25.3 billion in a single 24-hour period.
Jaw-dropping numbers like this are why Alibaba is a top pick for Bill.
"During my 22 years as a business journalist - and during the five years I was in business school - I studied the logistical operations of many different companies," he said. "So I can say with great confidence that the effort required here to fulfill all these orders is Herculean in scope. But Alibaba is doing it. It's really and truly pulling it off."
Alibaba is currently trading around $160. That is an absolute bargain.
As Bill points out, "Alibaba's incredible future growth potential... this is really just the first trickle in what's going to be a flood of cash."
Growth like this is why analysts have given the company's stock a high price target of $295 - an 84% gain over today's price.
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