Begins Coverage on Community Financial (NASDAQ:TCFC) started coverage on shares of Community Financial (NASDAQ:TCFCGet Rating) in a research note issued to investors on Saturday morning. The brokerage issued a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock.

A number of other research firms also recently weighed in on TCFC. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods downgraded shares of Community Financial from an outperform rating to a market perform rating and set a $45.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, April 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Community Financial from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $46.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Shares of TCFC opened at $36.30 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $38.99 and its two-hundred day moving average is $39.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $205.28 million, a P/E ratio of 8.07 and a beta of 0.81. Community Financial has a twelve month low of $33.13 and a twelve month high of $41.93. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.16.

Community Financial (NASDAQ:TCFCGet Rating) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The financial services provider reported $1.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.08 by $0.02. Community Financial had a net margin of 33.51% and a return on equity of 12.79%. Analysts predict that Community Financial will post 4.35 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 25th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, April 12th were paid a $0.175 dividend. This represents a $0.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.93%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, April 11th. Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 15.56%.

In other Community Financial news, Director James F. Dimisa sold 1,106 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.12, for a total transaction of $44,372.72. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 8.01% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in Community Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at about $2,237,000. CWM LLC purchased a new position in shares of Community Financial in the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,285,000. Morgan Stanley grew its position in Community Financial by 176.5% during the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 28,774 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,061,000 after purchasing an additional 18,366 shares in the last quarter. LSV Asset Management acquired a new stake in Community Financial in the first quarter valued at approximately $574,000. Finally, Private Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in Community Financial by 35.9% in the fourth quarter. Private Capital Management LLC now owns 46,168 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,815,000 after acquiring an additional 12,200 shares during the last quarter. 37.77% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Community Financial Company Profile (Get Rating)

The Community Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Community Bank of the Chesapeake that provides commercial and retail banking services to individuals and businesses. The company offers demand, savings, money market, and time deposit accounts, as well as certificates of deposit; and commercial real estate and other non-residential real estate, residential first mortgage, residential rental mortgage, construction and land development, home equity and second mortgage, commercial, consumer, and commercial equipment loans.

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