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Interested in the potential growth opportunities that emerging market stocks can offer?

We ran a screen on US-traded stocks of companies based in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), which represent the emerging market countries. We screened these stocks for those with impressive profitability, beating their industry peers in TTM gross, operating, and pretax profit margins.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these companies have strong profitability? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Companhia de Bebidas Das Americas (AMBEV) (ABV): Engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, draft beer, carbonated soft drinks, malt, and other non-alcoholic and non-carbonated products in the Americas. Country: Brazil. TTM gross margin at 68.07% vs. industry average at 58.88%. TTM operating margin at 38.91% vs. industry average at 23.29%.TTM pretax margin at 39.81% vs. industry average at 21.57%.

2. CTC Media, Inc (NASDAQ:CTCM): Operates as an independent broadcasting company in Russia. Country: Russia. TTM gross margin at 55.32% vs. industry average at 41.26%. TTM operating margin at 29.89% vs. industry average at 18.91%.TTM pretax margin at 17.87% vs. industry average at 14.59%.

3. Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP): Engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity for industrial, residential, commercial, and rural customers primarily in the State of Parana, Brazil. Country: Brazil. TTM gross margin at 31.72% vs. industry average at 26.46%. TTM operating margin at 24.03% vs. industry average at 18.02%.TTM pretax margin at 21.59% vs. industry average at 13.38%.

4. Mobile Telesystems OJSC (NYSE:MBT): Provides telecommunications services primarily in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, and Belarus. Country: Russia. TTM gross margin at 69.42% vs. industry average at 58.73%. TTM operating margin at 22.08% vs. industry average at 19.28%.TTM pretax margin at 15.33% vs. industry average at 13.83%.

5. Vivo Participacoes S.A. (NYSE:VIV): Provides fixed-line telecommunications services to residential and commercial customers in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Country: Brazil. TTM gross margin at 62.97% vs. industry average at 49.02%. TTM operating margin at 17.76% vs. industry average at 15.95%.TTM pretax margin at 18.82% vs. industry average at 10.49%.

*Profitability data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 5 BRIC Stocks With Impressive Profitability