Will This Price Target Increase Help Newmont Mining (NEM) Stock Today?

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Barclays (BCS) raised its price target for Newmont Mining (NEM) to $30 from $26 Friday, reiterating its "equal weight" rating.

Shares of Newmont were gaining 0.7% to $25.79 in morning trading.

The analyst firm also raised its EPS estimates for the mining company through 2015. Barclays analysts now expect Newmont to report earnings of 77 cents for full year 2014, up from previous estimates of 68 cents. For 2015 the analysts expect the company to report earnings of $1.20 a share, up from Baclays' previous estimate of 87 cents a share for the year.

The raised estimates are due to Newmont's higher production and lower export taxes, according to Barclays analysts.

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

"We rate NEWMONT MINING CORP (NEM) 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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

  • NEM has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 14.30% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 108.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2,059.00 million to $180.00 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, NEWMONT MINING CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • NEM, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • NEM's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.01 is sturdy.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: NEM Ratings Report
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