Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (ULH)

The government requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings disclosed the funds’ positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of more than 700 of those elite funds and prominent investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH) based on those filings.

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. Our calculations also showed that ulh isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to check out the latest hedge fund action surrounding Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH).

How have hedgies been trading Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 100% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 4 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ULH heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with ULH Positions

More specifically, Royce & Associates was the largest shareholder of Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH), with a stake worth $24.3 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Royce & Associates was Renaissance Technologies, which amassed a stake valued at $12.8 million. Arrowstreet Capital, Driehaus Capital, and D E Shaw were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Driehaus Capital, managed by Richard Driehaus, assembled the most valuable position in Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH). Driehaus Capital had $2.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates also made a $0.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Jeffrey Talpins’s Element Capital Management, and Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH) but similarly valued. These stocks are Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC), HighPoint Resources Corporation (NYSE:HPR), AdvanSix Inc. (NYSE:ASIX), and Athenex, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNX). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to ULH’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
WNC 13 117841 1
HPR 13 104566 -6
ASIX 23 156106 5
ATNX 7 63307 1
Average 14 110455 0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $110 million. That figure was $47 million in ULH’s case. AdvanSix Inc. (NYSE:ASIX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Athenex, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNX) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULH) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard ASIX might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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