NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Kinross Gold Corp. (KGC) - Get Kinross Gold Corporation Report are down 0.76% to $3.29 today with gold prices seeing their sharpest drop in more than a year Thursday, as investors interpreted the Federal Reserve's comments from a day before to be on the hawkish side, denting the case for owning the precious metal, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Gold futures for April delivery fell 2.32% to $1,257.30 a troy ounce at 3:26 p.m. on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The Federal Reserve signaled it would keep short-term interest rates near zero at least until midyear, the Journal noted.

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"Gold investors have had an unpleasant awakening," RBC Capital Markets Global Futures SVP George Gero told the Journal, adding "the digestion of Wednesday's statement tells you the Fed will be data driven, and that helps the hawkish cause."

Separately, 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 some concerns, 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, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself 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 112.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $41.90 million to -$5.10 million.
  • The share price of KINROSS GOLD CORP has not done very well: it is down 22.90% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
  • KINROSS GOLD CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. 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, KINROSS GOLD CORP reported poor results of -$2.64 versus -$2.23 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.13 versus -$2.64).
  • 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 on the basis of return on equity, KINROSS GOLD CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • 43.61% is the gross profit margin for KINROSS GOLD CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -0.53% is in-line with the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: KGC Ratings Report

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