First Trust Advisors LP lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 16.5% during the 3rd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 148,064 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after buying an additional 20,950 shares during the quarter. First Trust Advisors LP’s holdings in United Community Financial were worth $1,432,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Acadian Asset Management LLC lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 610.3% in the second quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 71,166 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $782,000 after buying an additional 61,147 shares during the period. Engineers Gate Manager LP acquired a new position in United Community Financial in the second quarter valued at $361,000. Teacher Retirement System of Texas acquired a new position in United Community Financial in the second quarter valued at $111,000. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 3.4% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 317,103 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $3,485,000 after buying an additional 10,453 shares during the period. Finally, Bowling Portfolio Management LLC lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 82.1% in the second quarter. Bowling Portfolio Management LLC now owns 118,059 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $1,297,000 after buying an additional 53,232 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 63.10% of the company’s stock.

UCFC opened at $9.08 on Friday. United Community Financial Corp has a 1-year low of $8.86 and a 1-year high of $11.98. The company has a quick ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. The firm has a market capitalization of $449.55 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.93 and a beta of 0.48.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 17th. The savings and loans company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.19. United Community Financial had a net margin of 24.80% and a return on equity of 11.87%. The firm had revenue of $27.77 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $28.12 million. On average, equities analysts predict that United Community Financial Corp will post 0.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 26th were paid a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.08%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 25th. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 49.12%.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on UCFC shares. BidaskClub downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 15th. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research note on Wednesday, October 17th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. United Community Financial has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.00.

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United Community Financial 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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