NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Kinross Gold (KGC) - Get Report were falling 1.2% to $1.69 on Friday as gold prices were falling following Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech on Thursday.

U.S. gold futures for December delivery were down 0.72% to $1,145.50 an ounce on the Comex this afternoon.

During her speech yesterday, Yellen said she expects the U.S. central bank to raise interest rates later in the year if inflation remained stable and the U.S. economy was strong enough to increase employment, according to Reuters.

"In her speech, Yellen said... the Fed would most likely still hike rates this year, so on the back of that the dollar gained some value. Gold came off in the Far East, and has been coming off in Europe," MKS head of trading Afshin Nabavi told Reuters.

Yellen's comments caused the dollar to gain strength, making gold more expensive to those using other currencies.

Kinross Gold is a Toronto-based gold miner with mines and projects in the U.S., Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana, and Mauritania.

TheStreet Ratings team rates KINROSS GOLD CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate KINROSS GOLD CORP (KGC) 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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 288.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $44.10 million to -$83.20 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, KINROSS GOLD CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for KINROSS GOLD CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.56%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 54.21%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 275.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, KGC has outperformed against the industry average of 45.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: KGC