Stock pickers are neglecting these 8 stocks

Bank of America Merril Lynch released its latest equity and quant strategy analysts’ list of the most neglected stocks held by active managers.

The list is part of a new report on active manager holdings that the bank sent to clients on Friday.

According to BAML, the “neglected” list includes companies that meet the following criteria:

“Stock is 0.2x or less than its weight in the S&P 500 in the fund manager composite, and less than 2% of funds in the sample hold the stock.”

The list ranges from media companies like News Corporation to financial companies like Cincinnati Financial and People’s United Financial.

Check out the list of eight stocks below:

8. WEC Energy

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Ticker: WEC

Sector: Utilities

Price: $US65.10

Relative Weight: 0.03

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 2.52%

YTD Performance: +12.02%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

7. Alliant Energy

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Ticker: LNT

Sector: Utilities

Price: $US42.80

Relative Weight: 0.03

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 2.06%

YTD Performance: +13.09%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

6. Tiffany & Co.

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Ticker: TIF

Sector: Disc

Price: $US87.70

Relative Weight: 0.03

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 1.38%

YTD Performance: +18.53%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

5. Robert Half

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Ticker: RHI

Sector: Ind

Price: $US44.30

Relative Weight: 0.02

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 2.52%

YTD Performance: -10.41%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

4. People's Utd. Financial

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Ticker: PBCT

Sector: Financials

Price: $US16.80

Relative Weight: 0.02

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 1.61%

YTD Performance: -15.08%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

3. Cincinnati Financial

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Ticker: CINF

Sector: Financials

Price: $US76.80

Relative Weight: 0.02

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 2.29%

YTD Performance: -1.28%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

2. SCANA Corporation

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Ticker: SCG

Sector: Utilities

Price: $US59.8

Relative Weight: 0.01

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 1.61%

YTD Performance: -18.43%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

1. News Corporation

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Ticker: NWS

Sector: Disc

Price: $US13.6

Relative Weight: 0.01

% of Hedge Funds Holding Stock: 1.15%

YTD Performance: +12.92%

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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