10 Utility Stocks Seeing Institutional Buying

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 |  Includes: AT, BIP, CPL, CWT, DYN, NGG, PCG, SPH, UIL, WR, XLU
by: Kapitall

The following is a list of utility stocks that have seen significant institutional inflows over the last three months.

If you're interested in investing in the utilities sector, this list might offer an interesting starting point.

Institutional data sourced from Reuters, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE:AT): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $5.1B. Institutional investors currently own 9,132,843 vs. 2,891,576 shares held three months ago (215.84% change). Short float at 0.03%, which implies a short ratio of 0.38 days. The stock has gained 49.39% over the last year.

2. UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE:UIL): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $1.52B. Institutional investors currently own 33,016,688 vs. 13,576,841 shares held three months ago (143.18% change). Short float at 3.57%, which implies a short ratio of 2.37 days. The stock has gained 16.28% over the last year.

3. National Grid plc (NYSE:NGG): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $31.08B. Institutional investors currently own 14,577,774 vs. 9,391,616 shares held three months ago (55.22% change). Short float at 0.08%, which implies a short ratio of 0.75 days. The stock has lost -9.14% over the last year.

4. Suburban Propane Partners LP (NYSE:SPH): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $1.91B. Institutional investors currently own 6,486,079 vs. 5,213,475 shares held three months ago (24.41% change). Short float at 0.39%, which implies a short ratio of 1.46 days. The stock has gained 24.08% over the last year.

5. PG & E Corp. (NYSE:PCG): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $18.98B. Institutional investors currently own 56,882 vs. 45,930 shares held three months ago (23.84% change). Short float at 0.82%, which implies a short ratio of 1.35 days. The stock has gained 12.14% over the last year.

6. Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $685.45M. Institutional investors currently own 133,589,448 vs. 110,922,291 shares held three months ago (20.44% change). Short float at 13.33%, which implies a short ratio of 2.08 days. The stock has lost -41.85% over the last year.

7. CPFL Energia S.A. (NYSE:CPL): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $11.52B. Institutional investors currently own 5,992,369 vs. 5,149,237 shares held three months ago (16.37% change). Short float at 0.86%, which implies a short ratio of 5.25 days. The stock has gained 27.8% over the last year.

8. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $1.32B. Institutional investors currently own 39,684,902 vs. 35,642,956 shares held three months ago (11.34% change). Short float at 9.24%, which implies a short ratio of 21.41 days. The stock has gained 41.6% over the last year.

9. California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT): Water Utilities Industry. Market cap of $799.66M. Institutional investors currently own 10,363,602 vs. 9,422,008 shares held three months ago (9.99% change). Short float at 2.8%, which implies a short ratio of 5.85 days. The stock has gained 8.17% over the last year.

10. Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR): Diversified Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.01B. Institutional investors currently own 84,908,245 vs. 77,228,899 shares held three months ago (9.94% change). Short float at 15.15%, which implies a short ratio of 18.58 days. The stock has gained 22.47% over the last year.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.