News headlines about United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Community Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 46.6714116128385 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on UCFC. Zacks Investment Research downgraded United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. BidaskClub downgraded United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Boenning Scattergood downgraded United Community Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.33.

Shares of United Community Financial (UCFC) opened at $9.30 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $456.97, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.67 and a beta of 0.52. United Community Financial has a 52 week low of $7.81 and a 52 week high of $10.23. The company has a quick ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13.

In other news, EVP Matthew T. Garrity sold 35,000 shares of United Community Financial stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.47, for a total transaction of $331,450.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 43,993 shares in the company, valued at $416,613.71. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated 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 $790,843.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 113,808 shares of company stock valued at $1,056,330 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

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About United Community Financial

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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