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Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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Is Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) a splendid investment right now? Investors who are in the know are in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions retreated by 3 in recent months.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action encompassing Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI).

What have hedge funds been doing with Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -38% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI)According to our comprehensive database, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management had the most valuable call position in Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI), worth close to $0.9 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On PEAK6 Capital Management’s heels is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $0.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners and Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management.

Judging by the fact that Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) has experienced bearish sentiment from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings at the end of the first quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp dropped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, valued at an estimated $0.4 million in stock.. Jeffrey Gendell’s fund, Tontine Asset Management, also dropped its stock, about $0.4 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds at the end of the first quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity 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 are closest to UFPI’s market cap.

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