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

A number of research firms have recently commented on UCFC. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods increased their target price on United Community Financial Corp. from $7.25 to $8.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, September 12th. Boenning Scattergood upgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $7.50 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, September 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $7.50 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, July 23rd.

In related news, CEO Gary M. Small sold 12,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $7.36, for a total value of $88,320.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 103,774 shares in the company, valued at $763,776.64. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Ellen J. Tressel purchased 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 9th. The stock was bought at an average price of $7.65 per share, with a total value of $30,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 4,141 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $31,678.65. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 3.88% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of UCFC. Martingale Asset Management L P acquired a new stake in United Community Financial Corp. during the second quarter valued at $102,000. ClariVest Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in United Community Financial Corp. during the third quarter valued at $153,000. First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in United Community Financial Corp. by 3.2% in the third quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 25,276 shares of the company’s stock valued at $180,000 after buying an additional 787 shares during the period. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its stake in United Community Financial Corp. by 7.0% in the third quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 28,269 shares of the company’s stock valued at $201,000 after buying an additional 1,856 shares during the period. Finally, HBK Sorce Advisory LLC increased its stake in 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 period. Institutional investors own 60.36% of the company’s stock.

Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) traded down 0.85% on Thursday, reaching $8.12. 48,106 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $377.99 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.82 and a beta of 0.78. The company’s 50 day moving average is $7.35 and its 200-day moving average is $6.61. United Community Financial Corp. has a one year low of $5.28 and a one year high of $8.52.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 18th. The company reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11. United Community Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 7.21% and a net margin of 19.93%. On average, analysts anticipate that United Community Financial Corp. will post $0.41 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 14th. Investors of record on Monday, October 31st were given a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 27th. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.47%. United Community Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 31.58%.

About United Community Financial Corp.

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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