Positive News Coverage Unlikely to Impact United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) Stock Price

News coverage about United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) has trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Community Financial Corp. earned a media sentiment score of 0.45 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 37 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Saturday, July 22nd. Finally, Boenning Scattergood set a $10.00 price objective on United Community Financial Corp. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th.

Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) traded up 0.78% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $9.01. The company had a trading volume of 29,313 shares. United Community Financial Corp. has a one year low of $6.41 and a one year high of $9.50. The stock has a market capitalization of $447.93 million, a P/E ratio of 21.76 and a beta of 0.57. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $8.70 and a 200-day moving average of $8.52.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The savings and loans company reported $0.16 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $27.58 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $26.20 million. United Community Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 9.10% and a net margin of 18.95%. Analysts forecast that United Community Financial Corp. will post $0.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 11th. Investors of record on Friday, July 28th will be given a dividend of $0.04 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 26th. This is an increase from United Community Financial Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.78%. United Community Financial Corp.’s payout ratio is 39.02%.

In related news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 12,218 shares of United Community Financial Corp. stock in a transaction on Friday, June 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.37, for a total transaction of $102,264.66. Following the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 80,867 shares in the company, valued at $676,856.79. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,000 shares of United Community Financial Corp. stock in a transaction on Friday, June 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.35, for a total value of $25,050.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 60,692 shares in the company, valued at $506,778.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 17,718 shares of company stock worth $148,990 over the last quarter. 3.56% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About United Community Financial Corp.

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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