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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Yamana Gold (AUY) were gaining in late-morning trading on Thursday even though gold prices were trading in the red.

For December delivery, gold was retreating 0.27% to $1,326.10 per ounce on the COMEX this morning.

The price of the metal reached a four-week low today ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tomorrow, Reuters reports. The speech will be closely monitored for clues on monetary policy.

Gold is non-interest paying and struggles to compete with assets that offer a yield when interest rates are hiked.

Additionally, gold prices were weighed down after new orders for U.S. manufactured capital goods increased for a second consecutive month in July, Reuters noted. Another report showed an unanticipated decline in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week.

"Initial jobless claims were a good sign," Natixis analyst Bernard Dahdah told Reuters. "The chance of a rate hike happening in September is still relatively low, at 32%, but that's an improvement, compared to where it was.

Toronto-based Yamana is a gold and copper exploration company that operates seven mines and oversees several ongoing development projects in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

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

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Among the areas the team believes are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

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