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Hong Kong Stocks Outshine Mainland China

Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 12:41 PM ET

Mainland China is the place to be, right? Not according to Peter Stock. The president and chief investment officer of Stock Investment Management says Hong Kong is a better value -- and he thinks the mainland is a bubble slated to burst. He joined CNBC's Mark Haines to tell "Squawk on the Street" viewers which Hong Kong companies' shares are poised to jump.

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Stock said that Hong Kong is trading at "16, 17 times earnings," as compared to the mainland's A-share (Chinese common stock) market, trading at "50-plus." He believes continental China is "definitely" due for a correction.

Stock recommended companies he's held for a "number of years" for clients. His top three:

- Hutchinson Whampoa. Majority-owned by billionaire Li Ka-shing, the CIO calls this a "global company that happens to be headquartered in Hong Kong." Stock cites this "extremely attractive" firm as a play on ports, telecom, retail and energy.

- Cheung Kong. Stock pointed to "Li's flagship company" as a "big property player" on the Pacific Rim, amassing a "land bank" of real estate holdings.

- Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Stock said that this high-end leisure firm owns hotels throughout the mainland and the region -- and will definitely benefit from mainland growth and its ripple effects all over Pacific Asia.

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