Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Ameren Corp (AEE) Anymore

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Is Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE) undervalued? The smart money is getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets decreased by 2 lately.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE).

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

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -9% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the most valuable position in Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE). Renaissance Technologies has a $74.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $69.5 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management and Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management.

Because Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE) has experienced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of hedgies who sold off their full holdings heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management dropped the biggest stake of all the hedgies we key on, comprising an estimated $10 million in stock.. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s fund, Two Sigma Advisors, also sold off its stock, about $8.7 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds heading into Q2.

Insider trading activity in Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE)

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity 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 belong to the diversified utilities industry and their market caps are closest to AEE’s market cap.

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