U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 1.85% to $1,152.40 an ounce on the Comex on Thursday morning.
Prices of the yellow metal were rising due to the weakness in the dollar ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen and the release of jobs data Thursday afternoon, according to The Wall Street Journal. Yellen will give a speech at the University of Massachusetts at 5 p.m., and could give a clue about the timing of U.S. interest rate increases.
Gold is priced in dollars, making the precious metal cheaper to those using foreign currencies when the dollar is weaker.
"Dollar vulnerability has translated to the gold bulls regaining momentum, with the next relevant resistance...at $1,145 an ounce still in play," FXTM research analyst Lukman Otunuga said in a note to investors.
IAMGOLD is a Toronto-based gold producer with mines in North America, South America, and Africa.
TheStreet Ratings team rates IAMGOLD CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate IAMGOLD CORP (IAG) 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 poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. "
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The gross profit margin for IAMGOLD CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.30%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $31.70 million or 67.25% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- IAG's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 48.19%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
- The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Metals & Mining industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 23.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$16.00 million to -$19.70 million.
- The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, IAMGOLD CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: IAG