United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

Separately, KLR Group restated a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial Corp in a research report on Wednesday, November 23rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. United Community Financial Corp currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $11.25.

Analyst Recommendations for United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC)

United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) traded up 0.71% on Wednesday, hitting $8.48. 78,313 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $421.43 million, a P/E ratio of 21.20 and a beta of 0.81. United Community Financial Corp has a 12 month low of $5.60 and a 12 month high of $9.50. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $8.39 and its 200 day moving average is $8.32.

United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, January 24th. The savings and loans company reported $0.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $21.97 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.28 million. United Community Financial Corp had a net margin of 20.29% and a return on equity of 7.65%. Equities analysts forecast that United Community Financial Corp will post $0.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, Director Richard J. Schiraldi acquired 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 13th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $8.50 per share, for a total transaction of $42,500.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 7,399 shares in the company, valued at approximately $62,891.50. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO Timothy Esson sold 4,000 shares of United Community Financial Corp stock in a transaction on Friday, March 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.48, for a total transaction of $33,920.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 70,017 shares in the company, valued at $593,744.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 3.88% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. raised its position in United Community Financial Corp by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 11,620 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the period. Guggenheim Capital LLC raised its position in United Community Financial Corp by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 12,976 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 44 shares during the period. Royal Bank of Canada raised its position in United Community Financial Corp by 0.3% in the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 90,405 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $549,000 after buying an additional 306 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its position in United Community Financial Corp by 0.4% in the third quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 149,080 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $1,060,000 after buying an additional 545 shares during the period. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in United Community Financial Corp by 3.2% in the third quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 25,276 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $180,000 after buying an additional 787 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 60.69% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Corp Company Profile

United Community Financial Corp. is financial services holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Home Savings, HSB Insurance, LLC and HSB Capital, LLC. Home Savings is a state charted bank. HSB Insurance, LLC is an insurance agency that offers a range of insurance products for business and residential customers, which include, auto, homeowners, life-health, commercial, surety bonds and aviation.

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