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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Ameren Corp (AEE)

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Is Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE) a sell?

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Ameren

Keeping this in mind, we’re going to discuss the recent info about Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE).

What does the smart money think about Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -14% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

According to our 13F database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management had the most valuable position in Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE), worth close to $99.4 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $76.1 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Millennium Management Subsidiary’s Decade Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

Judging by the fact that Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE) has witnessed declining interest from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there were a few funds who sold off their full holdings last quarter. At the top of the heap, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management said goodbye to the largest position of the 450+ funds we track, worth about $18 million in stock. Thomas M. Fitzgerald’s fund, Longbow Capital Partners, also dumped its stock, about $6.6 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE). These stocks are NV Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NVE), Northeast Utilities System (NYSE:NU), CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP), NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG). This group of stocks are the members of the diversified utilities industry and their market caps match AEE’s market cap.

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