Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect United Community Banks (UCBI) Stock Price

Headlines about United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Community Banks earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.1427408913924 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of United Community Banks from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 target price on shares of United Community Banks in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Banks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of United Community Banks from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $31.00.

United Community Banks (UCBI) opened at $30.94 on Friday. United Community Banks has a 12-month low of $24.47 and a 12-month high of $31.37. The stock has a market cap of $2,260.00, a PE ratio of 21.05 and a beta of 0.89. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a current ratio of 0.81.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 5th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th were given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.29%. United Community Banks’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 27.21%.

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United Community Banks Company Profile

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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