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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gold Fields (GFI) stock is climbing by 2.27% to $3.60 late Thursday afternoon even though gold prices are trading in the red.

For April delivery, gold is down 0.22% to $1,222.90 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.

The metal is being pressured by a stronger dollar and expectations that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates in the next few months, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Despite the central bank lowering its estimates to only two interest rate hikes this year, investors are increasingly anticipating that one of those hikes could be in the coming months.

The non-interest paying precious metal has difficulty competing with assets that offer a yield when interest rates are higher.

Gold Fields is a South Africa-based producer of gold with eight operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings Team has a "Sell" rating with a score of D on the stock.

This is driven by several weaknesses, which 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 covered.

The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: GFI

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