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The following is a list of utility stocks that saw the largest increase in institutional inflows over the last 3 months.

To give perspective on investor sentiment, we've also included data on short float. Institutional investors seem to think these stocks will outperform the utility sector, what do you think?

Short float data sourced from Finviz, institutional trading data sourced from Reuters.

The list has been sorted by change in institutional ownership over the last three months.

1. Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE:AT): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $4.58B. Institutional investors currently own 4,223,992 shares vs. 2,891,576 shares held three months ago (+46.08% change). Short float at 0.08%, which implies a short ratio of 1.06 days.

2. PG & E Corp. (NYSE:PCG): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $18.62B. Institutional investors currently own 56,882 shares vs. 45,930 shares held three months ago (+23.84% change). Short float at 1.31%, which implies a short ratio of 1.34 days.

3. Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $574.06M. Institutional investors currently own 121,197,052 shares vs. 98,922,949 shares held three months ago (+22.52% change). Short float at 11.45%, which implies a short ratio of 1.25 days.

4. UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE:UIL): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $1.35B. Institutional investors currently own 16,207,034 shares vs. 13,565,051 shares held three months ago (+19.48% change). Short float at 2.71%, which implies a short ratio of 1.84 days.

5. Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $2.76B. Institutional investors currently own 83,947,803 shares vs. 77,477,360 shares held three months ago (+8.35% change). Short float at 9.52%, which implies a short ratio of 13.23 days.

6. A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. (OTC:APWR): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $338.39M. Institutional investors currently own 6,087,630 shares vs. 5,685,663 shares held three months ago (+7.07% change). Short float at 16.21%, which implies a short ratio of 6.55 days.

7. National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $32.41B. Institutional investors currently own 10,033,116 shares vs. 9,398,776 shares held three months ago (+6.75% change). Short float at 0.04%, which implies a short ratio of 0.39 days.

8. Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CWCO): Water Utilities Industry. Market cap of $136.48M. Institutional investors currently own 7,745,402 shares vs. 7,266,843 shares held three months ago (+6.59% change). Short float at 3.91%, which implies a short ratio of 5.76 days.

9. Pampa Energia SA (NYSE:PAM): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $683.94M. Institutional investors currently own 6,997,672 shares vs. 6,675,672 shares held three months ago (+4.82% change). Short float at 0.14%, which implies a short ratio of 0.73 days.

10. Korea Electric Power Corp. (NYSE:KEP): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $17.21B. Institutional investors currently own 118,900,890 shares vs. 115,942,551 shares held three months ago (+2.55% change). Short float at 0.26%, which implies a short ratio of 2.75 days.

11. Veolia Environnement S.A. (NYSE:VE): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $13.94B. Institutional investors currently own 10,407,288 shares vs. 10,217,809 shares held three months ago (+1.85% change). Short float at 0.11%, which implies a short ratio of 2.07 days.

12. DPL Inc. (NYSE:DPL): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.16B. Institutional investors currently own 60,185,258 shares vs. 59,094,269 shares held three months ago (+1.85% change). Short float at 4.3%, which implies a short ratio of 6.94 days.

13. Suburban Propane Partners LP (NYSE:SPH): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $1.93B. Institutional investors currently own 5,218,859 shares vs. 5,135,265 shares held three months ago (+1.63% change). Short float at 1.15%, which implies a short ratio of 3.52 days.

14. AGL Resources Inc. (AGL): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.03B. Institutional investors currently own 47,313,474 shares vs. 46,606,955 shares held three months ago (+1.52% change). Short float at 0.59%, which implies a short ratio of 1.53 days.

15. Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC (NYSE:NKA): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $674.99M. Institutional investors currently own 23,492,617 shares vs. 23,145,970 shares held three months ago (+1.5% change). Short float at 0.17%, which implies a short ratio of 0.35 days.

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