UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:UTIW) and Infoblox Inc. (NYSE:BLOX) had the dubious distinction of being two of the market’s worst performing stocks this morning, particularly when looking at stocks with a high volume of trading activity. Shares of UTi Worldwide are down by nearly 15% so far today, while Infoblox’s have dipped by 9.50%. The performance of the two companies and their stocks will be disappointing to the smart money investors that we track at Insider Monkey, which were relatively bullish on both companies during the second quarter.
Let’s start with UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:UTIW), the company which offers supply chain services to companies transporting goods by air or sea. UTi Worldwide released its fiscal second quarter of 2016 financial results after the close of trading yesterday, and the results weren’t pretty. The company reported a loss of $0.70 per share for the quarter, widely missing analyst estimates of a loss of $0.05 per share. Its quarterly revenue of $913.9 million was also nearly $100 million short of estimates, and represented a 16.9% decline year-over-year.
Of the investment firms tracked by Insider Monkey, 14 of them had stakes in UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:UTIW) on June 30, down by one during the second quarter. However the value of their stakes rose by 2% to over $363 million, even though the stock lost over 18% during the second quarter. So the smart money was clearly buying shares on their weakness in the expectation of a future turnaround, which has yet to materialize. However, it should also be noted that many of the investors we follow have a long-term horizon that stretches well beyond the latest earnings results. Claus Moller’s P2 Capital Partners was the largest shareholder of the company in our database as of June 30, owning over 11.27 million shares. Glenn J. Krevlin’s Glenhill Advisors opened a new 4.79 million-share position during the second quarter.
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