NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Yamana Gold (AUY) - Get Report  stock is slumping by 1.52% to $1.62 in midday trading on Wednesday, as gold prices fall on signs that the U.S. economy is strengthening.

The U.S. private sector added 200,000 jobs in September, which beat economists' expectations and has fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates before year end, Reuters reports. 

Higher interest rates would likely strengthen the dollar, and a stronger dollar would weigh on demand for gold as the precious metal's relative cost would increase for foreign buyers. 

"The dollar's rise has been a wrecking ball for commodity-sensitive assets this year," Ken Ford, president of Warwick Valley Financial Advisors, told MarketWatch. 

Gold for December delivery is sliding by 1.14% to $1,114.20 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon. 

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates YAMANA GOLD INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate YAMANA GOLD INC (AUY) 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • YAMANA GOLD INC 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, YAMANA GOLD INC reported poor results of -$1.35 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.
  • 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 254.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.10 million to -$7.90 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, YAMANA GOLD INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $121.80 million or 17.98% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 73.48%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 150.00% 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AUY