Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

Media coverage about Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Universal Technical Institute earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 47.2476939038426 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on UTI. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Universal Technical Institute from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $6.00 price objective on shares of Universal Technical Institute in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Universal Technical Institute from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st.

Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) traded down $0.04 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $2.77. 5,204 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 22,574. Universal Technical Institute has a one year low of $2.21 and a one year high of $3.87. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, a quick ratio of 1.70 and a current ratio of 1.70. The firm has a market cap of $70.29, a P/E ratio of -5.23 and a beta of 3.49.

Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 30th. The company reported ($0.08) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.03 by ($0.11). Universal Technical Institute had a negative net margin of 2.51% and a negative return on equity of 5.65%. The company had revenue of $81.33 million for the quarter. analysts expect that Universal Technical Institute will post -0.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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About Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute, Inc is a provider of postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians as measured by total average undergraduate full-time enrollment and graduates. The Company offers undergraduate degree or diploma programs at approximately 12 campuses across the United States under the banner of various brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (collectively, MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).

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