OxFORD Asset Management LLP raised its position in United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 54.9% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 41,002 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after acquiring an additional 14,528 shares during the quarter. OxFORD Asset Management LLP owned approximately 0.08% of United Community Financial Corp. worth $341,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in UCFC. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC acquired a new position in United Community Financial Corp. in the 2nd quarter valued at about $103,000. First Quadrant L P CA acquired a new position in United Community Financial Corp. in the 2nd quarter valued at about $137,000. Cigna Investments Inc. New acquired a new position in United Community Financial Corp. in the 2nd quarter valued at about $137,000. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its position in United Community Financial Corp. by 12.2% in the 1st quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 19,357 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $161,000 after acquiring an additional 2,107 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new position in United Community Financial Corp. in the 1st quarter valued at about $171,000. 58.20% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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In other United Community Financial Corp. news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.15, for a total transaction of $203,679.00. Following the completion of the sale, the general counsel now directly owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at $790,843.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 55,348 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.21, for a total value of $509,755.08. Following the sale, the general counsel now owns 86,431 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $796,029.51. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 81,108 shares of company stock valued at $745,984 over the last 90 days. 3.56% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) opened at 9.68 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $9.45 and a 200 day moving average price of $8.80. The firm has a market capitalization of $481.19 million, a P/E ratio of 21.23 and a beta of 0.51. United Community Financial Corp. has a 52-week low of $7.11 and a 52-week high of $10.00.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.04 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 2nd. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.65%. United Community Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 35.56%.

Several research firms have weighed in on UCFC. Boenning Scattergood downgraded United Community Financial Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday. ValuEngine downgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $11.00 target price 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, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.33.

United Community Financial Corp. 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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC)

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