Dimensional Fund Advisors LP Grows Holdings in United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC)

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 1.2% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 3,068,196 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after acquiring an additional 35,114 shares during the quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned 6.16% of United Community Financial worth $29,455,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Stifel Financial Corp boosted its holdings in shares of United Community Financial by 1.0% during the second quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 91,551 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $761,000 after purchasing an additional 906 shares during the period. OxFORD Asset Management LLP lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 54.9% in the second quarter. OxFORD Asset Management LLP now owns 41,002 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $341,000 after buying an additional 14,528 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 1.9% in 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 buying an additional 35,018 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 31.6% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 93,600 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $778,000 after buying an additional 22,500 shares during the period. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in United Community Financial by 18.7% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 88,916 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $739,000 after buying an additional 14,013 shares during the period. 59.77% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.33.

United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) traded up $0.17 on Friday, hitting $9.41. 63,712 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 72,465. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.06. The stock has a market cap of $464.14, a PE ratio of 21.86 and a beta of 0.49. United Community Financial Corp has a 52 week low of $7.81 and a 52 week high of $10.23.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $27.34 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $26.98 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 18.34% and a return on equity of 9.99%. equities research analysts anticipate that United Community Financial Corp will post 0.72 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 2nd will be issued a $0.06 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 1st. This is an increase from United Community Financial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.55%. United Community Financial’s payout ratio is 55.81%.

In related news, EVP Matthew T. Garrity sold 35,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.47, for a total transaction of $331,450.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 43,993 shares in the company, valued at approximately $416,613.71. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 36,200 shares of company stock worth $342,896. Insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

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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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC)

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