Do you like to follow the buying trends of smart money investors? For a look at what hedge fund managers think about stocks of the utilities sector, we ran a screen.
We began by screening the utilities sector for stocks with strong upward momentum, trading within 5% of their 52-week high.
We then screened for those with bullish sentiment from institutional investors, with significant net institutional purchases over the last quarter representing at least 5% of share float. This indicates that institutional investors such as hedge fund managers and mutual fund managers expect these names to outperform into the future.
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Do you think these stocks will break through to new highs? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.
List sorted by net institutional purchases over the last quarter as a percent of share float.
1. CH Energy Group Inc. (CHG): Engages in the electric utility, natural gas utility, and fuel distribution business. Market cap at $978.01M, most recent closing price at $65.67. The stock is currently trading 1.82% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 1.1M shares, which represents about 7.42% of the company's float of 14.82M shares.
2. PG&E Corp. (PCG): Operates as a public utility company that engages in electricity and natural gas distribution primarily in northern and central California. Market cap at $18.33B, most recent closing price at $43.58. The stock is currently trading 2.69% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 28.4M shares, which represents about 6.86% of the company's float of 413.75M shares.
3. Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CV): Operates as an electric utility company in Vermont, the United States. Market cap at $479.8M, most recent closing price at $35.16. The stock is currently trading 1.61% below its 52-week high. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 823.5K shares, which represents about 6.59% of the company's float of 12.50M shares.
*Institutional data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.