United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $6.86 and last traded at $6.86, with a volume of 26,090 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $6.68.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. KLR Group reiterated an “accumulate” rating on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a report on Thursday, May 26th. Raymond James Financial Inc. upgraded United Community Financial Corp. to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, April 23rd. Finally, Seaport Global Securities restated a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a report on Saturday, June 25th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $10.50.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $6.27 and a 200-day moving average of $5.97. The firm has a market cap of $317.54 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.03.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 19th. The company reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.10 by $0.01. On average, equities analysts expect that United Community Financial Corp. will post $0.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 12th. Investors of record on Monday, August 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 28th. This is an increase from United Community Financial Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.76%.

In related news, CEO Gary M. Small sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.94, for a total transaction of $59,400.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 121,274 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $720,367.56. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

United Community Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company for The Home Savings and Loan Company of Youngstown, Ohio (the Bank). The Bank operates through banking services segment. The Bank conducts its business through over 30 retail banking offices and loan production centers located throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

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