United Financial Bancorp (UBNK) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about United Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ:UBNK) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. United Financial Bancorp earned a coverage optimism score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.3082262709816 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

UBNK has been the subject of a number of research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded United Financial Bancorp from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $18.50 to $20.00 in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $17.00 price objective on shares of United Financial Bancorp in a research note on Friday, July 14th. ValuEngine upgraded United Financial Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 31st. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded United Financial Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. United Financial Bancorp has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.33.

Shares of United Financial Bancorp (UBNK) traded down 1.51% on Friday, reaching $16.96. The company had a trading volume of 103,336 shares. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $17.45 and a 200-day moving average price of $17.30. The company has a market capitalization of $851.92 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.63 and a beta of 0.65. United Financial Bancorp has a 12 month low of $13.22 and a 12 month high of $18.66.

United Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ:UBNK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The bank reported $0.32 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.06. United Financial Bancorp had a net margin of 22.95% and a return on equity of 8.83%. The firm had revenue of $55.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $54.22 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.20 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that United Financial Bancorp will post $1.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, August 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 28th were issued a dividend of $0.12 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, July 26th. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.83%. United Financial Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 41.38%.

In other news, Director Michael A. Bars sold 2,350 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.18, for a total transaction of $42,723.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 64,821 shares in the company, valued at $1,178,445.78. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO William Hw Iv Crawford sold 17,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.14, for a total transaction of $308,380.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 3.49% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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United Financial Bancorp Company Profile

United Financial Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary United Bank (the Bank) and various subsidiaries, delivers financial services to individuals, families and businesses in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including retail, commercial and consumer banking, as well as financial advisory services.

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