Media stories about United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Community Financial Corp. earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.9522299558898 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) traded up 0.53% during trading on Friday, hitting $9.56. 71,658 shares of the stock were exchanged. United Community Financial Corp. has a 52 week low of $7.11 and a 52 week high of $10.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $475.23 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.96 and a beta of 0.51. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $9.48 and its 200 day moving average price is $8.83.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Investors of record on Friday, November 3rd will be issued a $0.04 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 2nd. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.67%. United Community Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.56%.
Several research firms have weighed in on UCFC. ValuEngine cut shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Boenning Scattergood cut shares of United Community Financial Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a report on Friday, July 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 target price on the stock in a report on Saturday, July 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. United Community Financial Corp. presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.33.
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In other news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.15, for a total transaction of $203,679.00. Following the transaction, the general counsel now owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at approximately $790,843.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 55,348 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.21, for a total value of $509,755.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the general counsel now owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at approximately $796,029.51. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 81,108 shares of company stock worth $745,984. Insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.
United Community Financial Corp. Company Profile
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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