United Community Financial (UCFC) – Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes

Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of United Community Financial (NASDAQ: UCFC) in the last few weeks:

  • 12/3/2019 – United Community Financial was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 11/28/2019 – United Community Financial was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “United Community Financial Corporation is a very traditional savings and loan company. While the company intends to remain committed to financing home ownership, it also believes it must gradually expand the types of loan products it offers in order to meet the needs of its market area and to improve profitability. The company began to commit substantial resources to the commercial lending area, which is headed and staffed by individuals with very extensive commercial banking experience. “
  • 11/21/2019 – United Community Financial was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “United Community Financial Corporation is a very traditional savings and loan company. While the company intends to remain committed to financing home ownership, it also believes it must gradually expand the types of loan products it offers in order to meet the needs of its market area and to improve profitability. The company began to commit substantial resources to the commercial lending area, which is headed and staffed by individuals with very extensive commercial banking experience. “
  • 11/15/2019 – United Community Financial was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “United Community Financial Corporation is a very traditional savings and loan company. While the company intends to remain committed to financing home ownership, it also believes it must gradually expand the types of loan products it offers in order to meet the needs of its market area and to improve profitability. The company began to commit substantial resources to the commercial lending area, which is headed and staffed by individuals with very extensive commercial banking experience. “
  • 11/13/2019 – United Community Financial was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 11/1/2019 – United Community Financial was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 10/25/2019 – United Community Financial was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 10/12/2019 – United Community Financial was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.

United Community Financial stock remained flat at $$11.02 during midday trading on Wednesday. 61,590 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 112,847. The company has a current ratio of 1.14, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $11.26 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $10.15. The firm has a market cap of $530.19 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.89 and a beta of 0.51. United Community Financial Corp has a 52-week low of $8.49 and a 52-week high of $11.94.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22. The firm had revenue of $28.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $29.25 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 27.17% and a return on equity of 12.36%. On average, research analysts expect that United Community Financial Corp will post 0.82 EPS for the current year.

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

In other United Community Financial news, CFO Timothy Esson sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $10.87, for a total transaction of $43,480.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 71,864 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $781,161.68. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of UCFC. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 2.6% in the 2nd quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 88,573 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $848,000 after acquiring an additional 2,230 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 6.1% in the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 57,144 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $547,000 after acquiring an additional 3,267 shares during the period. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 3.1% in the 2nd quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 117,829 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $1,128,000 after acquiring an additional 3,583 shares during the period. Mint Tower Capital Management B.V. acquired a new stake in shares of United Community Financial in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $40,000. Finally, AdvisorNet Financial Inc acquired a new stake in shares of United Community Financial in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $41,000. 64.94% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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