Bessemer Group Inc. increased its holdings in United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 25.7% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 67,600 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,800 shares during the period. Bessemer Group Inc. owned 0.14% of United Community Financial worth $654,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also made changes to their positions in UCFC. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of United Community Financial in the second quarter valued at $103,000. Private Advisor Group LLC acquired a new position in United Community Financial in the third quarter valued at $107,000. Teacher Retirement System of Texas acquired a new position in United Community Financial in the second quarter valued at $111,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new position in United Community Financial in the second quarter valued at $123,000. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can boosted its holdings in United Community Financial by 1,215.1% in the third quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 16,847 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $162,000 after acquiring an additional 15,566 shares during the last quarter. 62.53% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of UCFC opened at $9.30 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $471.43 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.32 and a beta of 0.44. United Community Financial Corp has a 12 month low of $8.66 and a 12 month high of $11.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a current ratio of 0.97.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.19. The company had revenue of $27.77 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.12 million. United Community Financial had a return on equity of 11.87% and a net margin of 24.80%. As a group, equities research analysts predict that United Community Financial Corp will post 0.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 26th were paid a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.01%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 25th. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 49.12%.

UCFC has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. BidaskClub cut United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. ValuEngine cut United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a report on Wednesday, October 17th. One 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. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $12.00.

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United Community Financial 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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