United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) was downgraded by analysts at Boenning Scattergood to a “neutral” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports.

A number of other research firms have also weighed in on UCFC. ValuEngine lowered shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Saturday, July 22nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued 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. One 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. United Community Financial Corp. presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.33.

Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC) traded down 2.56% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $9.52. 130,126 shares of the company were exchanged. United Community Financial Corp. has a 12-month low of $7.02 and a 12-month high of $10.00. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $9.36 and its 200-day moving average price is $8.75. The firm has a market capitalization of $473.51 million, a P/E ratio of 22.88 and a beta of 0.51.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The savings and loans company reported $0.16 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by $0.02. United Community Financial Corp. had a net margin of 18.95% and a return on equity of 8.90%. The company had revenue of $27.58 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $26.20 million. Equities research analysts predict that United Community Financial Corp. will post $0.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 55,348 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.21, for a total transaction of $509,755.08. Following the completion of the sale, 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 Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the firm’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 sale, the general counsel now owns 86,431 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $790,843.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 81,108 shares of company stock valued at $745,984 in the last 90 days. 3.56% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of UCFC. AJO LP purchased a new stake in United Community Financial Corp. during the second quarter worth about $1,035,000. State Street Corp increased its holdings in United Community Financial Corp. 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 buying an additional 108,482 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its holdings in United Community Financial Corp. by 9.4% during the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,261,304 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $10,519,000 after buying an additional 107,986 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in United Community Financial Corp. 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 buying an additional 93,550 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its holdings in United Community Financial Corp. by 38.0% during the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 266,924 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $2,218,000 after buying an additional 73,475 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 58.20% of the company’s stock.

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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