NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The rapid growth of emerging-market economies is drawing in lots of money from a broad range of investors.

U.S. investors who want to gain exposure to these economies might consider the following eight stocks, which are listed on U.S. exchanges.

An April 15 JPMorgan study says investment flows to the emerging debt markets stood around $12 billion on a year-to-date basis.

Meanwhile, data compiled by EPFR, an international fund-tracking firm, show emerging market equity funds recorded inflows of $2 billion during the second week of April, greater than the $1.25 billion of flows into developed-market equity funds.

According to a global annual survey by Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and Coller Capital, an investor will have 16%-20% of his or her total private equity allocation targeting emerging markets in 2013, up from the current 11%-15%.

The EMPEA survey also shows that Brazil has displaced China as the most attractive destination for deal flows over the next 12 months.

The following eight emerging-market stocks from China and Brazil are in various industries. According to consensus analyst price targets, they could rise 14% to 47% over the next year.

8. China Mobile ( CHL) provides a range of telecommunication services throughout China.

For first quarter 2011, China Mobile reported a 5.4% year-over-year increase in net profit, to $4.1 billion. Sales for the period were up 8.3%.

Meanwhile, the average revenue per user per month during the quarter stood at 10 cents (67 yuan).

At the end of 2010, China Mobile reported 584 million mobile phone subscribers, compared with 311.3 million for China Unicom ( CHU) and 90.5 million for China Telecom ( CHA). For 2010, CHL recommended a final dividend of 1.597 Hong Kong dollars per share.

For 2011, the company estimates its data business to be a significant source of future revenue growth and plans to boost capital spending by 6.5% in an effort to strengthen its services.

Additionally, it seeks to spend $20.3 billion on its network and add wireless hot spots as it intends to attract smartphone users and zoom past rivals like China Unicom and China Telecom.

Of the four analysts covering the stock, two rate it a buy and two rate it a hold. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg have a consensus price target of $52.70 for the next year, implying that the stock could gain 13.9%.

7. Embraer ( ERJ) manufactures commercial aircraft and supplies military aircraft to Europe, Asia and Latin America. It has a line of executive jets based on one of its regional jet platforms.

First-quarter deliveries included 20 commercial jets and eight business jets. As of March 31, Embraer's order backlog stood at $16 billion, indicating an increase of $400 million from Dec. 31.

For the second quarter, Embraer has received orders from China's CBD Leasing and Hebei Airlines. In addition, China Southern Airlines ( ZNH) has ordered 20 E190 aircraft from Embraer. In 2011, Boeing ( BA) and Airbus have lost 55 and 68 orders, respectively, benefiting Embraer.

The commercial aviation market is expected to continue to recover in 2011. For this year, Embraer estimates it will deliver 102 commercial jets, 100 light jets and 18 large jets, while net sales are seen reaching $5.6 billion. Furthermore, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are expected to come in at $615 million. For full-year 2011, investments are pegged at $500 million.

Of the 11 analysts covering the stock, 45% rate it a buy while 45% rate it a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg have a consensus price target of $37.10 for the next 12 months, implying upside of 16.9%.

6. China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) ( SNP), operating through its subsidiaries, is an integrated energy and chemical company in China.

In March 2011, China's implied oil demand increased 11% year over year to 9.16 million barrels per day, preliminary data from the government revealed.

During the first quarter, Sinopec produced 31.55 million tons of refined oil, up 6.2% year over year. Crude oil processing volume increased 7.4% year-on-year to 54.72 million tons in the same period. Heading into April 2011, Sinopec estimates to produce 10.54 million tons of refined oil, indicating a 410,000-ton increase from March, as parent group Sinopec seeks to continue production at full capacity.

In order to expand its resources base, Sinopec is looking to tap the vast oil and gas reserves of Russia's East Siberia and to continue working in the Sakhalin-3 block.

The company also has completed building its 12 million-barrel commercial crude oil storage facility in Maoming city, one month ahead of schedule. The $260 million facility is scheduled to become operational on April 20 and is designed to store Oman crude oil and Saudi Arabian light crude. The facility has the capacity to store roughly two days of China's crude imports. Besides, Sinopec is also building a 20 million-barrel crude reserve base in the coastal city Beihai, ready for use in September.

Of the four analysts covering the stock, three rate it a buy while one rates it a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg have a consensus price taret of $119.50 for the next year, implying upside of 18.6%.

5. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) ( PBR), an integrated oil and gas company, operates in five segments: exploration and production; refining, transportation and marketing; distribution; gas and power; and international. The company's international segment encompasses operations outside of Brazil.

Petrobras is the world's third-largest oil and natural gas company. Its proven oil reserves in 2010 increased 11% year over year to 14.2 billion barrels, the largest leap in eight years.

Similarly, proven natural gas reserves soared 15% to 423 billion cubic meters. The company, which carries on exploration and production at great depths, has formed alliances with foreign investors including China.

The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Sinochem for exploration and production of oil and gas in Brazil and other regions and for technological cooperation to increase oil recovery and the export of oil and other products. In addition, PBR is also negotiating a financing deal with China Development Bank to raising $12 billion to $18 billion for investment purposes.

Petrobras' strong financial standing makes it an attractive investment. The company's gross profit margin of 35.5% and its net profit margin of 15.3% compare favorably to the industry average. Additionally, the company's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38 is below the industry average.

Of the 17 analysts covering the stock, 65% rate it a buy, while the remainder rate it a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg have an average price target of $46 for the next year, implying upside of 26.7% from current levels.

4. Huaneng Power International ( HNP) engages in the investment, construction, operation and management of power plants. The company's electricity generation business operates in China and Singapore. The company operates 175 power plants -- wholly owned or with minority stake -- in 27 provinces in China and in the overseas markets, with a total capacity of 113.43 gigawatts as of year-end 2010.

For the first quarter, the company posted a 24.9% increase in consolidated operating revenue to $4.6 million. Additionally, in early April 2011, the company raised its power tariff in 11 provinces for each kilowatt-hour of generation. As of March 31, the company's total power generation within China increased 28.8% year over year.

Huaneng is seeking to add more clean energy capacity over the next five years, thereby boosting the share of clean energy in its total installed capacity to 25% in 2015.

This will help the company to balance its incurred losses due to rising coal prices. Meanwhile, China Huaneng Group along with Guangdong Yudean Group acquired a 50% stake in Massachusetts-based power utility InterGen for $1.23 billion from India-based GMR Infrastructure. InterGen owns 12 power plants in the U.K., the Netherlands, Mexico, Australia, and the Philippines with a total power generation capacity of 81.46 GW, of which natural gas combined cycle generating units account for 90%.

Of the four analysts covering the stock, two rate it a buy, while one rates it a hold. The average price target of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg is $29.30, implying upside of 29.2% over the next 12 months.

3. Vale ( VALE), a metals and mining giant, engages in the production of iron ore and iron ore pellets, manganese ore, ferroalloys, bauxite, alumina and kaolin. It also produces aluminum, copper, coal, potash, cobalt, platinum group metals (PGMs) and other products.

Vale is scheduled to pay the approved distribution of its own capital interest amounting to $2.03 billion or 39 cents per ordinary, or preferred share. The Brazilian mining giant is joining the consortium that will build the $17 billion Belo Monte dam in the Amazon region through a 9% stake in the project. Vale is expected to gain the right to use a share of the estimated 11,200 megawatts of power that the Belo Monte project -- the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam -- will generate.

As part of the move by Brazilian firms to foray into the African market, Vale acquired South Africa-based Metorex, a producer of copper and cobalt with operations in the African copper belt of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, for $1.13 billion. Last year, the company said it expected to boost its copper output by 45% to one million tons by 2015, as part of its plans to diversify from iron ore to other products.

Of the 25 analysts covering the stock, 76% rate it a buy while the remainder rate it a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg have an average price target on the stock of $43.00, implying upside over the next 12 months of 34.1%.

2. LDK Solar ( LDK), a producer of solar wafers and solar module manufacturer, sells multicrystalline and monocrystalline silicon wafers to manufacturers of solar cells and modules. The company has its production facility in the Xinyu city of Jiangxi Province, China. Besides, LDK also engages in providing wafer-processing services.

To meet growing semiconductor, solar and flat panel display demand, LDK Solar recently invested $35 million in a manufacturing line to produce silane gas at its Mahong Plant in China.

The facility will have a designed capacity of 2,000 metric tons, with construction expected to commence in the third quarter of 2011. Commercial production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012. In the absence of a domestic silane gas supplier, LDK is likely to gain first-mover advantage through its product offerings.

To leverage the growing opportunities in the LED industry, LDK announced a business investment of almost $40 million to establish a new manufacturing plant in Jiangxi Province.

The facility will have the capacity to supply two million two-inch equivalent pieces of sapphire wafers per year. Additionally, with the launch of a new cell-manufacturing site in Anhui Province, LDK Solar's cell capacity is seen expanding to 570 MW per annum.

Of the 25 analysts covering the stock, 36% rate it a buy while 44% rate it a hold. Analysts polled by Bloomberg have an average price target of $15.10 over the next 12 months, implying upside of 39.3%.

1. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes ( GOL), a low-cost, low-fare airline provides service on routes connecting all Brazilian cities and from Brazil to cities in South America and select tourist destinations in the Caribbean. The airline is also a holding company with direct or indirect ownership in five subsidiaries.

For March 2011, GOL reported 19.6% year-over-year demand growth on its route network, with a load factor of 70.1%. For the same period, domestic market demand was up 17.7% while international demand increased 40.2%. This operating performance is regarded as the company's best since 2005.

According to data released by the Brazilian aviation regulator ANAC, in February, GOL with 39.77% market share edged out rival airline TAM ( TAM), which had 39.59% market share, and emerged as Brazil's leading carrier in the local market. Meanwhile, overall air passenger traffic in Brazil increased 9.3% year over year in February.

The company recently announced that it will deliberate a dividend amount of $32.53 million for full year 2010 at the annual general meeting scheduled for April 27. The airline is planning to open new sales points called VOE GOL at subway stations in Sao Paulo to enable customers purchase tickets, alter travel plans, cancel reservations, or to clarify details about their trip.

Of the 13 analysts covering the stock, 69% rate it a buy while the remainder rate it a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg have a consensus price target of $19.40 for the next 12 months, implying upside of 47.2%.

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