Foundry Partners LLC Buys 48,900 Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (UCFC)

Foundry Partners LLC lifted its holdings in shares of United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 8.4% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 633,050 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after acquiring an additional 48,900 shares during the quarter. Foundry Partners LLC owned approximately 1.27% of United Community Financial Corp. worth $6,077,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC purchased a new stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp. during the second quarter valued at $103,000. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp. during the second quarter valued at $117,000. First Quadrant L P CA purchased a new position in United Community Financial Corp. in the second quarter worth about $137,000. Cigna Investments Inc. New purchased a new position in United Community Financial Corp. in the second quarter worth about $137,000. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its position in United Community Financial Corp. by 12.2% in the first quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 19,357 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $161,000 after purchasing an additional 2,107 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 58.02% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ UCFC) traded up $0.10 on Wednesday, reaching $9.18. The company had a trading volume of 56,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 80,685. United Community Financial Corp. has a one year low of $7.81 and a one year high of $10.00. The stock has a market cap of $451.91, a PE ratio of 17.13 and a beta of 0.55. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 3rd will be issued a $0.04 dividend. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.74%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 2nd. United Community Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is 35.56%.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. ValuEngine cut United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Boenning Scattergood downgraded United Community Financial Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of United Community Financial Corp. in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded United Community Financial Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.33.

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In other news, CFO Timothy Esson sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.30, for a total value of $32,550.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 57,192 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $531,885.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, General Counsel Jude J. Nohra sold 22,260 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.15, for a total value of $203,679.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 86,431 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $790,843.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 81,108 shares of company stock valued at $745,984 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Corp. 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 Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC)

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