NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Kinross Gold Corp. (KGC) - Get Report are down by 3.18% to $2.29 in late afternoon trading on Monday, as the mining sector takes a hit today resulting from the decline in the price of gold.

Gold for June delivery is lower by 1.25% to $1,185.70 per ounce on the COMEX today.

The precious metal is in the red today due to a stronger dollar and comments made on Friday by Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen regarding interest rate hikes.

The dollar is up by 0.70% this afternoon, according to the Wall Street Journal dollar index.

Yellen said that a rise in the Fed's benchmark rate "may well be warranted later this year," given the sustained improvement's in the nation's economic conditions, Reuters reports, adding that gold pays no interest and has benefitted from lower rates and the Fed's accommodating policies following the 2008-2009 credit crisis.

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 a few notable 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 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 against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 66.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$742.10 million to -$1,235.10 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 44.48%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 98.46% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $176.30 million or 3.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow KINROSS GOLD CORP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -45.85%.
  • 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, KINROSS GOLD CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 18.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.8%. 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 Ratings Report