ValuEngine downgraded shares of United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report released on Tuesday morning, ValuEngine reports.

Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Raymond James downgraded shares of United Community Financial from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 11th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, November 28th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of United Community Financial from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 13th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have issued a hold rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.00.

Shares of UCFC stock opened at $11.02 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $534.53 million, a P/E ratio of 14.89 and a beta of 0.51. The firm has a fifty day moving average price of $11.25 and a 200 day moving average price of $10.14. The company has a current ratio of 1.14, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29. United Community Financial has a 12 month low of $8.49 and a 12 month high of $11.94.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.22. The business had revenue of $28.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $29.25 million. United Community Financial had a return on equity of 12.36% and a net margin of 27.17%. On average, equities analysts forecast that United Community Financial will post 0.82 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 8th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 1st were issued a dividend of $0.08 per share. This is a positive change from United Community Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 31st. This represents a $0.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.90%. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.24%.

In other news, CFO Timothy Esson sold 4,000 shares of United Community Financial stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $10.87, for a total transaction of $43,480.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 71,864 shares in the company, valued at $781,161.68. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 3.20% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Mint Tower Capital Management B.V. purchased a new stake in United Community Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at $40,000. AdvisorNet Financial Inc acquired a new position in United Community Financial in the third quarter valued at $41,000. Aperio Group LLC acquired a new position in United Community Financial in the second quarter valued at $54,000. Meeder Asset Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of United Community Financial by 840.4% in the third quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 5,069 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $54,000 after buying an additional 4,530 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Paloma Partners Management Co acquired a new stake in shares of United Community Financial during the second quarter worth about $100,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 64.94% of the company’s stock.

About United Community Financial

United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services. The company offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, regular savings accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit.

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