Media stories about United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Community Banks earned a news sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3087432604685 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of research analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of United Community Banks from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. FIG Partners upgraded shares of United Community Banks from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $32.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Community Banks from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 28th. Stephens reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on shares of United Community Banks in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Raymond James Financial, Inc. reduced their price objective on shares of United Community Banks from $32.00 to $31.00 and set a “strong-buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. United Community Banks presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $31.25.

United Community Banks (UCBI) traded up $0.19 during trading on Friday, hitting $26.22. 270,429 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 394,174. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a current ratio of 0.81. United Community Banks has a one year low of $23.92 and a one year high of $30.47. The company has a market cap of $1,920.90, a P/E ratio of 16.25 and a beta of 0.88.

United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The financial services provider reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.41. United Community Banks had a net margin of 23.09% and a return on equity of 10.31%. The company had revenue of $109.35 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $114.65 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.36 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that United Community Banks will post 1.63 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.53%. United Community Banks’s payout ratio is currently 27.03%.

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United Community Banks Company Profile

United Community Banks, Inc (United) is a bank holding company. United conducts its operations through a community-focused operating model of separate community banks, which, as of December 31, 2016, operated at 139 locations throughout the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, and Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan statistical areas, upstate and coastal South Carolina, north and coastal Georgia, western North Carolina, and east Tennessee.

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