United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) Receiving Somewhat Critical News Coverage, Study Shows
Media stories about United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Community Financial Corp. earned a media sentiment score of -0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 44.9646003634904 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. ValuEngine cut United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Saturday, July 22nd. Boenning Scattergood set a $10.00 price target on United Community Financial Corp. and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a research report on Friday, July 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.33.
Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) traded up 0.41% during trading on Friday, hitting $9.86. The company had a trading volume of 28,799 shares. The stock has a market cap of $490.42 million, a PE ratio of 23.70 and a beta of 0.51. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $9.18 and a 200 day moving average of $8.68. United Community Financial Corp. has a 12-month low of $7.02 and a 12-month high of $9.92.
United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The savings and loans company reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $27.58 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $26.20 million. United Community Financial Corp. had a net margin of 18.95% and a return on equity of 8.90%. On average, analysts forecast that United Community Financial Corp. will post $0.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In related news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 55,348 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.21, for a total value of $509,755.08. Following the completion of the sale, the general counsel now owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at approximately $796,029.51. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.30, for a total transaction of $32,550.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 57,192 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $531,885.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 81,108 shares of company stock valued at $745,984 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 3.56% 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 The Home Savings and Loan Company of Youngstown, Ohio (Home Savings or the Bank), HSB Insurance, LLC and HSB Capital, LLC. The principal business of Home Savings is the origination of mortgage loans, including construction loans, on residential and nonresidential real estate located in Home Savings’ primary market area.
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