United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

Media headlines about United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Community Banks earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2962097955586 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) opened at $28.11 on Friday. United Community Banks has a 1 year low of $24.47 and a 1 year high of $30.47. The company has a current ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52. The stock has a market cap of $2,063.41, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.46 and a beta of 0.88.

United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The financial services provider reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41. The business had revenue of $109.35 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $114.65 million. United Community Banks had a net margin of 23.09% and a return on equity of 10.31%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.36 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that United Community Banks will post 1.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.42%. United Community Banks’s payout ratio is presently 27.03%.

UCBI has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Banks from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 27th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 target price on shares of United Community Banks in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. ValuEngine lowered shares of United Community Banks from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. BidaskClub lowered shares of United Community Banks from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Finally, FIG Partners upgraded shares of United Community Banks from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $32.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $31.25.

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About United Community Banks

United Community Banks, Inc (United) is a bank holding company. United conducts its operations through a community-focused operating model of separate community banks, which, as of December 31, 2016, operated at 139 locations throughout the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, and Gainesville, Georgia metropolitan statistical areas, upstate and coastal South Carolina, north and coastal Georgia, western North Carolina, and east Tennessee.

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