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

Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on UCFC. ValuEngine upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 26th. 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. Boenning Scattergood restated a hold rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. Finally, Raymond James began 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. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $12.00.

Shares of NASDAQ:UCFC traded up $0.03 on Wednesday, hitting $10.47. The stock had a trading volume of 68,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 118,710. United Community Financial has a twelve month low of $8.55 and a twelve month high of $11.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.05. The company has a market capitalization of $521.59 million, a PE ratio of 18.35 and a beta of 0.48.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 18th. The savings and loans company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19. United Community Financial had a net margin of 23.92% and a return on equity of 11.41%. The company had revenue of $27.15 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $28.35 million. analysts forecast that United Community Financial will post 0.74 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 10th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 27th will be paid a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 26th. This is an increase from United Community Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.06. United Community Financial’s payout ratio is currently 49.12%.

In related news, EVP Matthew T. Garrity sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.32, for a total transaction of $56,600.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 68,992 shares in the company, valued at approximately $780,989.44. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 6,371 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $10.45, for a total transaction of $66,576.95. Following the transaction, the general counsel now owns 29,978 shares in the company, valued at approximately $313,270.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 569,441 shares of company stock worth $6,457,383. 4.20% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. First Trust Advisors LP lifted its position in United Community Financial by 19.9% during the 2nd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 127,114 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $1,397,000 after buying an additional 21,077 shares in the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. lifted its position in United Community Financial by 35.2% during the 2nd quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 53,800 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $591,000 after buying an additional 14,000 shares in the last quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC lifted its position in United Community Financial by 610.3% during the 2nd quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 71,166 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $782,000 after buying an additional 61,147 shares in the last quarter. ZPR Investment Management acquired a new position in United Community Financial during the 1st quarter worth about $448,000. Finally, Foundry Partners LLC lifted its position in United Community Financial by 0.9% during the 1st quarter. Foundry Partners LLC now owns 614,050 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $6,055,000 after buying an additional 5,525 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 59.71% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Company Profile

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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