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Do you value the buying and selling trends of institutional investors? We ran a screen with this idea in mind.

We began by screening the utilities sector for stocks with strong momentum, trading within 5% of their 52-week highs.

We then screened for those with bearish sentiment from institutional investors, with significant net institutional sales 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 underperform in the future.

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Do you think these stocks are in hot water? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by net institutional sales as a percent of share float.

1. Dominion Resources, Inc. (D): Engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. Market cap at $30.64B, most recent closing price at $53.61. The stock is trading 3.83% below its 52-week high. Net institutional sales in the current quarter at -37.3M shares, which represents about 6.53% of the company's float of 570.87M shares.

2. SCANA Corp. (SCG): SCANA Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to retail and wholesale customers in South Carolina. Market cap at $6.28B, most recent closing price at $48.14. The stock is trading 4.79% below its 52-week high. Net institutional sales in the current quarter at -6.7M shares, which represents about 5.71% of the company's float of 117.33M shares.

3. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP): Operates in the utilities, transport and energy, and timber sectors. Market cap at $5.21B, most recent closing price at $36.70. The stock is trading 3.24% below its 52-week high. Net institutional sales in the current quarter at -8.9M shares, which represents about 5.48% of the company's float of 162.40M shares.

4. American Electric Power Co., Inc. (AEP): Engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power to retail customers. Market cap at $20.66B, most recent closing price at $42.61. The stock is trading 2.64% below its 52-week high. Net institutional sales in the current quarter at -25.3M shares, which represents about 5.22% of the company's float of 484.52M shares.

5. PPL Corporation (PPL): Generates and sells electricity; and delivers natural gas to approximately 5.3 million utility customers primarily in the northeastern and northwestern US. Market cap at $16.99B, most recent closing price at $29.29. The stock is trading 2.33% below its 52-week high. Net institutional sales in the current quarter at -29.5M shares, which represents about 5.09% of the company's float of 579.68M shares.

*Institutional data sourced from Fidelity, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 5 Utilities Stocks Trading Near Highs Being Sold Off By Hedge Funds