Wall Street brokerages forecast that United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) will report $0.19 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for United Community Financial’s earnings. United Community Financial posted earnings of $0.15 per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 26.7%. The company is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 16th.

On average, analysts expect that United Community Financial will report full year earnings of $0.74 per share for the current financial year. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $0.83 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.80 to $0.85. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover United Community Financial.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 18th. The savings and loans company reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.19. The firm had revenue of $27.15 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.35 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 23.92% and a return on equity of 11.41%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 11th. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 20th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 3rd. Finally, Raymond James assumed coverage on shares of United Community Financial in a research note on Thursday, May 31st. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $12.00 target price on the stock. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. United Community Financial presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $12.00.

In other news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 6,371 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $10.45, for a total value of $66,576.95. Following the completion of the sale, the general counsel now owns 29,978 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $313,270.10. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Matthew T. Garrity sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $11.32, for a total transaction of $56,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 68,992 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $780,989.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 569,441 shares of company stock valued at $6,457,383 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 4.20% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in UCFC. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in United Community Financial during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $222,000. ZPR Investment Management purchased a new stake in United Community Financial during the first quarter valued at approximately $448,000. Ancora Advisors LLC lifted its position in United Community Financial by 20.2% during the first quarter. Ancora Advisors LLC now owns 57,711 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $569,000 after acquiring an additional 9,712 shares during the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. lifted its position in United Community Financial by 35.2% during the second quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 53,800 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $591,000 after acquiring an additional 14,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. purchased a new stake in United Community Financial during the first quarter valued at approximately $630,000. 59.59% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

United Community Financial traded down $0.21, reaching $10.69, during mid-day trading on Tuesday, Marketbeat reports. The company had a trading volume of 87,256 shares, compared to its average volume of 156,770. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 1.05 and a quick ratio of 1.02. The company has a market capitalization of $533.57 million, a P/E ratio of 18.75 and a beta of 0.48. United Community Financial has a 12 month low of $8.55 and a 12 month high of $11.98.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 10th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 27th will be given a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.62%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, July 26th. This is a boost from United Community Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.06. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 49.12%.

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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