MetLife Investment Advisors LLC trimmed its position in United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 34.7% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 24,319 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after selling 12,914 shares during the period. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in United Community Financial were worth $215,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in UCFC. Jefferies Group LLC acquired a new stake in United Community Financial in the third quarter valued at approximately $124,000. Citigroup Inc. lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 17.9% during the fourth quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 15,420 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 2,342 shares during the period. Menta Capital LLC acquired a new stake in shares of United Community Financial during the fourth quarter worth $218,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP acquired a new stake in shares of United Community Financial during the third quarter worth $261,000. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 201.2% during the third quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 28,157 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $272,000 after buying an additional 18,809 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 62.99% of the company’s stock.
NASDAQ:UCFC opened at $9.33 on Friday. United Community Financial Corp has a 12 month low of $8.49 and a 12 month high of $11.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.05 and a quick ratio of 1.01. The firm has a market cap of $458.37 million, a PE ratio of 12.61 and a beta of 0.58.
United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by ($0.02). United Community Financial had a return on equity of 12.26% and a net margin of 27.75%. The company had revenue of $28.26 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.00 million. On average, equities analysts predict that United Community Financial Corp will post 0.82 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 10th. Investors of record on Monday, April 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 26th. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.00%. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 37.84%.
In related news, Director Richard J. Schiraldi sold 16,369 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.26, for a total transaction of $151,576.94. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 5,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $53,254.26. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.
UCFC has been the subject of several research reports. Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research note on Friday, January 25th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 26th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.50.
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United Community Financial Company Profile
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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