United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Accern Reports
Press coverage about United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Community Financial Corp. earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 47.3517631793402 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
A number of research firms have weighed in on UCFC. Boenning Scattergood cut shares of United Community Financial Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. ValuEngine cut shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price objective on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a report on Friday, July 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.33.
Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) traded down 4.60% during trading on Monday, hitting $9.12. 102,266 shares of the stock were exchanged. United Community Financial Corp. has a 12-month low of $7.11 and a 12-month high of $10.00. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $9.53 and a 200-day moving average of $8.86. The company has a market cap of $453.36 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.00 and a beta of 0.51.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Investors of record on Friday, November 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.04 per share. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 2nd. United Community Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.56%.
In related news, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.30, for a total transaction of $32,550.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 57,192 shares in the company, valued at $531,885.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.15, for a total value of $203,679.00. Following the transaction, the general counsel now owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at $790,843.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 81,108 shares of company stock worth $745,984 over the last 90 days. 3.56% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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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