United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are covering the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $11.25.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised United Community Financial Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 22nd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods increased their price target on United Community Financial Corp. from $7.25 to $8.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, September 12th. Boenning Scattergood raised United Community Financial Corp. from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $7.50 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, September 12th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $22.00 price target on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a research note on Saturday, June 25th.

Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) opened at 7.07 on Thursday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $6.99 and a 200-day moving average price of $6.36. The firm has a market cap of $328.75 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.64 and a beta of 0.39. United Community Financial Corp. has a 12 month low of $4.98 and a 12 month high of $7.38.

In related news, CEO Gary M. Small sold 5,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $6.91, for a total transaction of $38,005.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 115,774 shares in the company, valued at approximately $799,998.34. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 3.88% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in UCFC. Stifel Financial Corp raised its position in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 4.3% in the second quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 84,657 shares of the company’s stock valued at $515,000 after buying an additional 3,501 shares during the last quarter. HBK Sorce Advisory LLC raised its position in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 9.9% in the second quarter. HBK Sorce Advisory LLC now owns 33,397 shares of the company’s stock valued at $203,000 after buying an additional 2,997 shares during the last quarter. Ancora Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 189.7% in the second quarter. Ancora Advisors LLC now owns 86,921 shares of the company’s stock valued at $528,000 after buying an additional 56,921 shares during the last quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P purchased a new position in shares of United Community Financial Corp. during the second quarter valued at about $102,000. Finally, BlackRock Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 4.5% in the second quarter. BlackRock Investment Management LLC now owns 197,889 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,203,000 after buying an additional 8,443 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 59.88% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Corp. Company Profile

United Community Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company for The Home Savings and Loan Company of Youngstown, Ohio (the Bank). The Bank operates through banking services segment. The Bank conducts its business through over 30 retail banking offices and loan production centers located throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

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