United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) – Stock analysts at Boenning Scattergood lowered their FY2017 earnings per share estimates for United Community Financial in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. Boenning Scattergood analyst S. Beury now expects that the savings and loans company will post earnings per share of $0.48 for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.56. Boenning Scattergood currently has a “Neutral” rating on the stock. Boenning Scattergood also issued estimates for United Community Financial’s Q4 2017 earnings at $0.07 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at $0.17 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.18 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.18 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.19 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.72 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.81 EPS.

A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on UCFC. ValuEngine cut shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. BidaskClub lowered shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has issued 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 Thursday. The company has a market cap of $461.37, a PE ratio of 20.67 and a beta of 0.53. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.06. United Community Financial has a twelve month low of $7.81 and a twelve month high of $10.23.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in United Community Financial by 1.2% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,068,196 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $29,455,000 after purchasing an additional 35,114 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its position in United Community Financial by 1.9% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 2,546,374 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $21,160,000 after purchasing an additional 46,396 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in United Community Financial by 1.9% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,867,653 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $15,521,000 after purchasing an additional 35,018 shares during the period. State Street Corp boosted its position in United Community Financial by 14.7% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 847,383 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $7,041,000 after purchasing an additional 108,482 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp boosted its position in United Community Financial by 16.2% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 671,255 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $5,578,000 after purchasing an additional 93,550 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 59.63% of the company’s stock.

In other United Community Financial news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 55,348 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.21, for a total transaction of $509,755.08. Following the transaction, the general counsel now owns 86,431 shares in the company, valued at $796,029.51. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on 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 approximately $790,843.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 113,808 shares of company stock worth $1,056,330. 3.56% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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United Community Financial 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.

Earnings History and Estimates for United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC)

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