United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Finds

News articles about United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. 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 media headlines about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.9522299558898 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ UCFC) traded down 2.56% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $9.52. The company had a trading volume of 131,338 shares. United Community Financial Corp. has a 52 week low of $7.02 and a 52 week high of $10.00. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $9.36 and a 200-day moving average price of $8.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $473.51 million, a PE ratio of 22.88 and a beta of 0.51.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The savings and loans company reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.02. United Community Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 8.90% and a net margin of 18.95%. The company had revenue of $27.58 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $26.20 million. On average, equities analysts predict that United Community Financial Corp. will post $0.57 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Investors of record on Friday, November 3rd will be given a dividend of $0.04 per share. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.68%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 2nd. United Community Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 39.02%.

UCFC has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price target for the company in a report on Saturday, July 22nd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a report on Friday, July 21st. Boenning Scattergood set a $10.00 price target on United Community Financial Corp. and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.33.

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In other news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 55,348 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.21, for a total value of $509,755.08. Following the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 86,431 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $796,029.51. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.30, for a total value of $32,550.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 57,192 shares in the company, valued at $531,885.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 81,108 shares of company stock worth $745,984 over the last three months. Corporate 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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