United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

Shares of United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the five analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $12.00.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on UCFC shares. BidaskClub cut shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 28th. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, March 22nd.

In related news, Director Richard J. Schiraldi sold 16,369 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.26, for a total value of $151,576.94. Following the sale, 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. Corporate insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised its position in United Community Financial by 4.9% in the 1st quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 169,420 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $1,584,000 after purchasing an additional 7,948 shares during the period. Oxford Asset Management LLP raised its position in United Community Financial by 116.6% in the 1st quarter. Oxford Asset Management LLP now owns 162,381 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $1,518,000 after purchasing an additional 87,401 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its position in United Community Financial by 4.7% in the 1st quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 579,718 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $5,420,000 after purchasing an additional 26,153 shares during the period. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. raised its position in United Community Financial by 1.8% in the 1st quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 114,246 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $1,069,000 after purchasing an additional 1,989 shares during the period. Finally, Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. raised its position in United Community Financial by 21.8% in the 1st quarter. Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. now owns 32,355 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $303,000 after purchasing an additional 5,800 shares during the period. 63.21% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of NASDAQ UCFC traded down $0.05 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $9.27. 66,418 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 97,468. The company has a current ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65. The stock has a market capitalization of $454.77 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.53 and a beta of 0.56. United Community Financial has a 1 year low of $8.49 and a 1 year high of $11.98.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.20 by ($0.02). The business had revenue of $28.26 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.00 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 27.09% and a return on equity of 12.11%. On average, equities analysts predict that United Community Financial will post 0.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 10th. Investors of record on Monday, April 29th were given a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.02%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, April 26th. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 37.84%.

About United Community Financial

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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