Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Universal Electronics Inc (UEIC)

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Is Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC) an excellent investment now? The best stock pickers are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets increased by 6 recently. Our calculations also showed that ueic isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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John Overdeck of Two Sigma

Let’s go over the key hedge fund action regarding Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC).

What does smart money think about Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 100% from the fourth quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in UEIC over the last 15 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with UEIC Positions

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the biggest position in Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC). Millennium Management has a $7.4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is SG Capital Management, managed by Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider, which holds a $5 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. SG Capital Management, managed by Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider, initiated the biggest position in Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC). SG Capital Management had $5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $2.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new UEIC positions are Josh Goldberg’s G2 Investment Partners Management, Minhua Zhang’s Weld Capital Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC). We will take a look at Attunity Ltd (NASDAQ:ATTU), Avianca Holdings SA (NYSE:AVH), Capitol Investment Corp. IV (NYSE:CIC), and American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ:AOBC). This group of stocks’ market caps match UEIC’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ATTU 18 158528 1
AVH 4 6454 0
CIC 15 169328 1
AOBC 15 81359 1
Average 13 103917 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $104 million. That figure was $26 million in UEIC’s case. Attunity Ltd (NASDAQ:ATTU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Avianca Holdings SA (NYSE:AVH) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on UEIC as the stock returned 15.2% during the same time frame and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.