Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new position in shares of United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor acquired 16,969 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock, valued at approximately $163,000.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the business. California Public Employees Retirement System lifted its position in shares of United Community Financial by 1.1% during the first quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 92,402 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $771,000 after purchasing an additional 963 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 2.1% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,832,635 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $15,285,000 after buying an additional 38,282 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 3.6% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 398,842 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $3,326,000 after buying an additional 13,709 shares during the period. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 8.6% in the first quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 34,732 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $290,000 after buying an additional 2,754 shares during the period. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 29.1% in the first quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 80,313 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $670,000 after buying an additional 18,108 shares during the period. 59.65% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) opened at $9.55 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13. The firm has a market cap of $475.30, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.02 and a beta of 0.52. United Community Financial Corp has a twelve month low of $7.81 and a twelve month high of $10.23.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 3rd were issued a $0.04 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 2nd. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.68%. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.56%.

In other United Community Financial news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.15, for a total value of $203,679.00. Following the sale, the general counsel now directly owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at $790,843.65. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was 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 in the company, valued at $531,885.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 81,108 shares of company stock worth $745,984. Company insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Boenning Scattergood lowered shares of United Community Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. United Community Financial currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.33.

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About United Community Financial

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 (NASDAQ:UCFC)

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