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Is Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (UTI) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with UTI positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as JRjr33 Inc (NYSEMKT:JRJR), Intersections Inc. (NASDAQ:INTX), and Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TINY) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the fresh action encompassing Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI).

How are hedge funds trading Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 18% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards UTI over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Alexander Medina Seaver’s Stadium Capital Management has the biggest position in Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI), worth close to $6.4 million, accounting for 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Christopher Shackelton and Adam Gray of Coliseum Capital, with a $6.4 million position; 2.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that are bullish contain Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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