Media coverage about United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Community Banks earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.1914899612733 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of United Community Banks (UCBI) traded up $0.23 during trading on Thursday, reaching $28.38. The company had a trading volume of 178,783 shares, compared to its average volume of 398,326. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 0.81 and a quick ratio of 0.80. The company has a market cap of $2,080.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.31 and a beta of 0.88. United Community Banks has a twelve month low of $24.47 and a twelve month high of $30.47.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.41%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. United Community Banks’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.21%.

A number of brokerages recently commented on UCBI. Zacks Investment Research raised United Community Banks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday. ValuEngine lowered United Community Banks from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. BidaskClub lowered United Community Banks from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 9th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $33.00 target price on shares of United Community Banks in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. United Community Banks has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $31.14.

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About United Community Banks

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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