First Trust Advisors LP lowered its stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 12.6% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 102,697 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after selling 14,773 shares during the quarter. First Trust Advisors LP owned about 0.21% of United Community Financial worth $986,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. Dupont Capital Management Corp purchased a new stake in United Community Financial in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $306,000. Stifel Financial Corp boosted its holdings in United Community Financial by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 91,551 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $761,000 after purchasing an additional 906 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in United Community Financial by 3.6% in the 1st quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 398,842 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $3,326,000 after purchasing an additional 13,709 shares in the last quarter. OxFORD Asset Management LLP boosted its holdings in United Community Financial by 54.9% in the 2nd quarter. OxFORD Asset Management LLP now owns 41,002 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $341,000 after purchasing an additional 14,528 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in United Community Financial by 18.7% in the 2nd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 88,916 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $739,000 after purchasing an additional 14,013 shares in the last quarter. 59.65% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

In other news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of United Community Financial stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.15, for a total transaction of $203,679.00. Following the completion of the sale, the general counsel now directly owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at approximately $790,843.65. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,500 shares of United Community Financial stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.30, for a total transaction of $32,550.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 57,192 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $531,885.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 81,108 shares of company stock valued at $745,984. Insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

Shares of United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) opened at $9.95 on Tuesday. United Community Financial Corp has a twelve month low of $7.81 and a twelve month high of $10.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $485.76, a P/E ratio of 18.42 and a beta of 0.53. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a current ratio of 1.06 and a quick ratio of 1.01.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 3rd were issued a $0.04 dividend. This represents a $0.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 2nd. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 35.56%.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Boenning Scattergood lowered United Community Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. ValuEngine lowered United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. United Community Financial has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.33.

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United Community Financial Profile

United Community Financial Corp. is financial services holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include The Home Savings and Loan Company of Youngstown, Ohio (Home Savings or the Bank), HSB Insurance, LLC and HSB Capital, LLC. The principal business of Home Savings is the origination of mortgage loans, including construction loans, on residential and nonresidential real estate located in Home Savings’ primary market area.

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