How to Pick Stocks Like the Chinese Government

BEIJING (TheStreet) -- Wanna play China's stock markets just like the Chinese government? If so, pay attention to stock picks made by the National Social Security Fund.

Managers of the more than 1 trillion yuan pension fund for the nation's retirees do not publicly reveal how they invest the roughly 26% set aside for trading domestic shares on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.

But once in a while a state media outlet will let the cat -- or at least part of the cat -- out of the bag.

That's what happened Friday when the Securities Daily newspaper said in a rare report that the fund bought shares worth about 320 million yuan in the fourth quarter 2013. The report was based on an analysis of year-end financial reports filed by listed companies.

The purchases increased the fund's domestic stock market investment to about 1.28 billion yuan worth of shares, up more than 33% in the fourth quarter from the previous three months, the report said.

The fund added at least three companies to its portfolio during the quarter: Jiangte Motor, a lithium-ion battery maker that gets raw materials from its own mines and also builds electric vehicles including wheelchairs; auto parts manufacturer Zhongding Holding, whose customers include General Motors (GM); and Shunxin Agriculture, a consumer food company with products ranging from pork snacks to hard liquor.

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