United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) Stock Price Up 5.1%

United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC)’s stock price rose 5.1% during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $10.21 and last traded at $10.10, approximately 279,573 shares were traded during trading. An increase of 187% from the average daily volume of 97,457 shares. The stock had previously closed at $9.61.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on UCFC. BidaskClub cut shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 4th. ValuEngine lowered United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, June 14th. Finally, Raymond James lowered United Community Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have given a hold rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.00.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $9.77 and a 200 day moving average of $9.49. The company has a market capitalization of $485.67 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.70 and a beta of 0.52. The company has a quick ratio of 1.00, a current ratio of 1.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, July 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.21 by $0.01. United Community Financial had a net margin of 27.00% and a return on equity of 12.25%. The business had revenue of $28.71 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $28.63 million. As a group, sell-side analysts anticipate that United Community Financial Corp will post 0.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, August 13th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 5th were paid a $0.08 dividend. This is a positive change from United Community Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.07. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, August 2nd. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.24%.

In other news, CFO Timothy Esson sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.38, for a total transaction of $46,900.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 75,864 shares in the company, valued at $711,604.32. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Martingale Asset Management L P lifted its stake in United Community Financial by 23.7% in the first quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P now owns 404,522 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $3,784,000 after buying an additional 77,500 shares during the period. Globeflex Capital L P grew its position in shares of United Community Financial by 17.9% during the 1st quarter. Globeflex Capital L P now owns 21,346 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $200,000 after buying an additional 3,246 shares during the period. Acadian Asset Management LLC grew its position in shares of United Community Financial by 64.5% during the 2nd quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 365,355 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $3,498,000 after buying an additional 143,274 shares during the period. AJO LP bought a new stake in shares of United Community Financial in the 1st quarter valued at $1,101,000. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 1.6% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,270,364 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $28,943,000 after acquiring an additional 50,551 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 63.19% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Company Profile (NASDAQ:UCFC)

United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services. The company offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, regular savings accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit.

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