United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages

Shares of United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the five brokerages that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $12.00.

UCFC has been the subject of several research reports. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research report on Wednesday, October 17th. ValuEngine raised shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 1st.

Shares of NASDAQ UCFC traded up $0.02 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $9.35. 152,173 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 121,362. United Community Financial has a 1 year low of $8.66 and a 1 year high of $11.98. The firm has a market capitalization of $463.97 million, a P/E ratio of 16.40 and a beta of 0.44. The company has a quick ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19. United Community Financial had a net margin of 24.80% and a return on equity of 11.87%. The firm had revenue of $27.77 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.12 million. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that United Community Financial will post 0.75 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 26th were given a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.99%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 25th. United Community Financial’s payout ratio is currently 49.12%.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in shares of United Community Financial during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $103,000. Private Advisor Group LLC bought a new position in shares of United Community Financial during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $107,000. Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new position in shares of United Community Financial during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $111,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new position in shares of United Community Financial during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $123,000. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC bought a new position in shares of United Community Financial during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $124,000. Institutional investors own 62.53% 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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