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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI)

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Is Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) a good investment?

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Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to study the recent info about Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI).

Hedge fund activity in Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 20% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI)When using filings from the hedgies we track, PEAK6 Capital Management, managed by Matthew Hulsizer, holds the largest position in Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI). PEAK6 Capital Management has a $3.4 million call position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is LMR Partners, managed by Ben Levine Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold, which held a $0.7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names were breaking ground themselves. PEAK6 Capital Management, managed by Matthew Hulsizer, created the most outsized call position in Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI). PEAK6 Capital Management had 3.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners also initiated a $0.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new UFPI investors: Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Insider trading activity in Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI). These stocks are AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON), Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX), Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOG), and Headwaters Inc (NYSE:HW). This group of stocks belong to the general building materials industry and their market caps match UFPI’s market cap.

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