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ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC), Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (PNW): Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Alliant Energy Corporation (LNT)?

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Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest lately.

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Alliant Energy Corporation

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a peek at the key action surrounding Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT).

How have hedgies been trading Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management had the largest position in Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT), worth close to $24 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw, with a $16 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital.

Since Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) has faced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of fund managers that elected to cut their entire stakes heading into 2013. Interestingly, Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners said goodbye to the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, comprising about $11 million in stock.. Tim Flannery’s fund, Copia Capital, also dumped its stock, about $3 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT). These stocks are Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (ADR) (NYSE:EBR), ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC), Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW), Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POM), and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP). This group of stocks belong to the electric utilities industry and their market caps match LNT’s market cap.

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