A History of Outperforming Analyst Forecasts and Beating the Odds: Universal Technical Institute Inc (UTI)

With 0.89 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 2.02 shares. During the session, the Education & Training Services company that operates in wider Consumer Defensive sector, reached to the highest price of $16.37 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $15.55. The 52-week range on UTI shows that it touched its highest point at $16.32 and its lowest point at $5.63 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $17.60. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.21.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of UTI was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 9.72%, but this was up by 25.90% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 68.98% while six-month performance rose 93.63%. The stock gained 125.07% in the past year, while it has gained 26.20% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for UTI yields 0.26 with Next year EPS estimates of 0.85. For the next quarter, that number is 0.15. This implies an EPS growth rate of 440.00% for this year and 21.79% for next year.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 53.73 million UTI shares are outstanding with a float of 51.14 million shares on hand for trading. On Jan 31, 2024, short shares totaled 1.14 million, which was 2.12% higher than short shares on Dec 29, 2023. In addition to Mr. Jerome A. Grant as the firm’s CEO & Director, Mr. Troy R. Anderson serves as its Executive VP & CFO.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for UTI since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With UTI analysts setting a high price target of $18.00 and a low target of $17.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $17.60. Based on these targets, UTI could surge 13.92% to reach the target high and rise by 7.59% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 11.39% from current levels.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded UTI stock several times over the past three months with 1 Buys and 0 Sells. In these transactions, 12,361,681 shares were bought while 0 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 17 while that of sell transactions has risen to 3 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 12,648,177 while 9,698 shares were sold.