BidaskClub lowered shares of United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note published on Tuesday morning.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $11.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, March 14th. Boenning Scattergood restated a hold rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research report on Friday, January 25th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 25th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. United Community Financial has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $11.50.

Shares of UCFC stock opened at $9.31 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.05 and a quick ratio of 1.01. The company has a market cap of $434.30 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.58 and a beta of 0.60. United Community Financial has a 12-month low of $8.49 and a 12-month high of $11.98.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $29.08 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $29.03 million. United Community Financial had a return on equity of 12.26% and a net margin of 27.75%. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that United Community Financial will post 0.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of United Community Financial by 7.0% in the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,748,651 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $45,919,000 after buying an additional 308,814 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of United Community Financial by 3.0% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,219,813 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $31,135,000 after buying an additional 94,721 shares in the last quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P raised its position in shares of United Community Financial by 40.6% in the fourth quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P now owns 327,022 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $2,895,000 after buying an additional 94,401 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its position in shares of United Community Financial by 3.2% in the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,163,015 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $20,915,000 after buying an additional 67,397 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its position in shares of United Community Financial by 8.0% in the third quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 2,224,204 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $21,508,000 after buying an additional 164,900 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 62.99% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Company 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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