United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) dropped 3.6% during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $6.51 and last traded at $6.51, with a volume of 59,851 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $6.75.

UCFC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. KLR Group reiterated an “accumulate” rating on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a report on Thursday, May 26th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $7.50 price target for the company in a report on Saturday, July 23rd. Seaport Global Securities restated a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price target on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a report on Saturday, June 25th. Finally, Raymond James Financial Inc. upgraded shares of United Community Financial Corp. to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 9th. 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 stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $10.50.

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $6.50 and its 200-day moving average price is $6.05. The stock has a market capitalization of $304.57 million and a P/E ratio of 18.19.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 12th. Investors of record on Monday, August 1st were issued a dividend of $0.03 per share. This is a positive change from United Community Financial Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, July 28th. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.83%.

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

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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