At approximately 10 p.m. Eastern Wednesday night, Russian military forces launched an all-out assault on their neighbor Ukraine. Russia's move sparked a sell-off in Russian stocks yesterday -- but an equal and opposite surge in the stock prices of U.S. defense stocks. As of 3:15 p.m. ET Friday, as the war continues to wage across Ukraine, shares of U.S. defense stocks Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) continue to move higher, up 3.5% and 3.9% respectively -- but Russian electronic payments company Qiwi (NASDAQ: QIWI) is up even more, rising 9.5%.
To find great bargains, one could look abroad and into the realm of American Depository Receipts (ADRs). Qiwi (NASDAQ: QIWI) is a leading payment solutions provider in Russia and much of the former Soviet Union. Apparently (according to the company), opening up a digital wallet on Qiwi is easier than tying one's shoelace -- all one needs is a phone number.