Infosys becomes first Indian company in Nasdaq-100

When the Nasdaq stock market opens next Monday, Indian outsourcer Infosys Technologies will become the first Indian company to be included in its prestigious list of top-100 companies.

The Nasdaq-100 index is composed of the 100 largest non-financial stocks on the Nasdaq in terms of market capitalization. The inclusion of Infosys follows Nasdaq Stock Market's annual revision of the index. Among the other tech companies to be affected by the changes on Dec. 18, Level 3 Communications is also being added to the list, while JDS Uniphase is being dropped.

Infosys, India’s second largest outsourcer, became the first Indian company to be listed on the Nasdaq in 1999. It has emerged as the poster child for the Indian outsourcing industry, thanks partly to its strong revenue and profit growth, but also due to some deft brand-building in India and abroad.

Other companies in the index include Google, Dell and Microsoft. Outsourcer Cognizant Technology Solutions, of Teaneck, N.J., is also in the top-100. Cognizant uses India as a hub for its offshore services delivery.

Infosys called its addition to the index an important milestone for the company. Over the years it has tried to break out of the mold of an Indian services provider, to establish itself as a global company on a par with competitors like Accenture and Electronic Data Systems. It has also started to offer higher-value consulting services in addition to its contract application development and business process outsourcing.

Infosys’ inclusion in the Nasdaq index is one of several factors that contribute to building a brand, said Siddharth Pai, a partner at Technology Partners International, a sourcing consulting company. Ultimately, however, its continued good performance will matter the most, he said. Infosys, like other Indian outsourcers, is still far from being a true global services company, and to become one it will need to make substantial investments in new geographies and broaden its services offerings, he added.

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