Gold for February delivery is lower by 1.09% to $1,182.30 per ounce on the COMEX this morning.
Gold futures have slumped for the fourth time in five sessions as investor demand for a store of value dwindles, Bloomberg reports.
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Gold is moving toward a second straight annual loss for the first time since 1998, Bloomberg added. Data released by the government last week showed that the U.S. economy has grown at the fastest pace in 10 years, and jobless claims were the lowest since early November.
Last week's U.S. data fueled speculation that the expansion is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to begin increasing interest rates, Bloomberg noted.
"There's not much to give gold a boost, and there's not a lot of liquidity here today. Gold prices are going to get a lot lower in 2015, especially once the first rate increase occurs," a senior market strategist at RJO Futures told Bloomberg.
Other gold mining and related stocks slumping today include Yamana Gold Inc. (AUY) - Get Yamana Gold Inc. Report , down by 1.91% to $3.94, Alamos Gold Inc. (AGI) - Get Alamos Gold Inc. Report , lower by 4.58% to $6.81, and Kinross Gold Corp. (KGC) - Get Kinross Gold Corporation Report , falling by 3.76% to $2.69 this morning.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates GOLDCORP INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate GOLDCORP INC (GG) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 980.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.00 million to -$44.00 million.
- Net operating cash flow has decreased to $192.00 million or 29.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 29.92%, GOLDCORP INC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -31.21%.
- GOLDCORP INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GOLDCORP INC swung to a loss, reporting -$3.30 versus $1.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.75 versus -$3.30).
- This stock's share value has moved by only 18.09% over the past year. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
- 36.09% is the gross profit margin for GOLDCORP INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of GG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GG's net profit margin of -5.12% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: GG Ratings Report