United Community Financial (UCFC) Rating Reiterated by Boenning Scattergood

Boenning Scattergood reiterated their hold rating on shares of United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) in a report issued on Wednesday, TipRanks reports.

Several other equities analysts have also weighed in on the company. ValuEngine raised United Community Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 25th. BidaskClub raised United Community Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised United Community Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Saturday, January 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.50.

UCFC opened at $9.33 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $458.37 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.61 and a beta of 0.58. United Community Financial has a 12 month low of $8.49 and a 12 month high of $11.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.05 and a quick ratio of 1.01.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.20 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $28.26 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.00 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 27.75% and a return on equity of 12.26%. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that United Community Financial will post 0.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 10th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 29th will be paid a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.00%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, April 26th. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.84%.

In other news, Director Richard J. Schiraldi sold 16,369 shares of United Community Financial stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.26, for a total value of $151,576.94. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $53,254.26. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in UCFC. SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its position in United Community Financial by 201.2% during the 3rd quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 28,157 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $272,000 after acquiring an additional 18,809 shares in the last quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P lifted its position in United Community Financial by 4.3% during the 3rd quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P now owns 232,621 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $2,250,000 after acquiring an additional 9,546 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in United Community Financial by 7.0% during the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,748,651 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $45,919,000 after acquiring an additional 308,814 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in United Community Financial by 3.0% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,219,813 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $31,135,000 after acquiring an additional 94,721 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP acquired a new position in shares of United Community Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $261,000. 62.99% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

United Community Financial Company Profile

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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