BidaskClub cut shares of United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Boenning Scattergood lowered shares of United Community Financial from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. ValuEngine lowered shares of United Community Financial from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of United Community Financial from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $10.33.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) traded down $0.15 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $9.35. 61,800 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 79,997. The firm has a market cap of $472.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.92 and a beta of 0.53. United Community Financial has a 12 month low of $7.81 and a 12 month high of $10.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.06.

In other United Community Financial news, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.30, for a total value of $32,550.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 57,192 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $531,885.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Matthew T. Garrity sold 35,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.47, for a total transaction of $331,450.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 43,993 shares in the company, valued at $416,613.71. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 117,308 shares of company stock worth $1,088,880. Insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in UCFC. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of United Community Financial by 2.1% in the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,832,635 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $15,285,000 after purchasing an additional 38,282 shares during the last quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY grew its position in shares of United Community Financial by 8.6% in the 1st 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 last quarter. Strs Ohio grew its position in shares of United Community Financial by 2.8% in the 2nd quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 81,700 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $678,000 after buying an additional 2,200 shares during the last quarter. Cigna Investments Inc. New purchased a new position in shares of United Community Financial in the 2nd quarter valued at $137,000. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in shares of United Community Financial by 31.6% in the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 93,600 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $778,000 after buying an additional 22,500 shares during the last quarter. 59.63% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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.

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