BidaskClub upgraded shares of United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Monday.

A number of other equities analysts have also issued reports on UCFC. Boenning Scattergood lowered shares of United Community Financial from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Financial from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $10.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $10.33.

United Community Financial (UCFC) opened at $9.32 on Monday. United Community Financial has a 52-week low of $7.81 and a 52-week high of $10.23. The stock has a market cap of $468.62, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.67 and a beta of 0.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.06.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. United Community Financial had a net margin of 18.34% and a return on equity of 9.99%. The business had revenue of $27.34 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $26.98 million. analysts expect that United Community Financial will post 0.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 2nd will be issued a $0.06 dividend. This represents a $0.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.58%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 1st. This is a positive change from United Community Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. United Community Financial’s payout ratio is 55.81%.

In other United Community Financial news, EVP Matthew T. Garrity sold 35,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.47, for a total value of $331,450.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 43,993 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $416,613.71. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Insiders sold a total of 36,200 shares of company stock worth $342,896 in the last three months. Insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Stifel Financial Corp increased 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 buying an additional 906 shares during the period. OxFORD Asset Management LLP increased 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 buying an additional 14,528 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in United Community Financial by 1.9% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,867,653 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $15,521,000 after buying an additional 35,018 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its holdings in United Community Financial by 31.6% in the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 93,600 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $778,000 after buying an additional 22,500 shares during the period. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC increased 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 buying an additional 14,013 shares during the period. 59.77% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About United Community Financial

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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