Hecla Mining (HL) Stock Up as Gold Prices Gain

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of Hecla Mining (HL) are up by 0.61% to $3.28 in mid-morning trading on Thursday, as some mining and related stocks rally along with the price of gold, which is continuing Wednesday's climb due to a weak dollar spurred by the release of disappointing retail data.

Gold for June delivery is higher by 0.57% to $1,225 per ounce on the COMEX this morning. The dollar is lower by 0.19%, according to the Wall Street Journal dollar index.

The soft dollar raised speculation that the Fed won't increase interest rates as soon as previously expected, CNBC.com reports.

"The main catalyst was the retail sales slumping. It disappointed a wide audience. Because of that, a rush was back into gold as the dollar sold off hard. It looks like [we] won't see a rate increase in the immediate future", Phillip Streible, senior market strategist at RJO Futures, told CNBC.com.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates HECLA MINING CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HECLA MINING CO (HL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed-some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year and weak operating cash flow."

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

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 7.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $11.64 million to $12.55 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.37, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.70, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, HL has outperformed against the industry average of 18.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $21.42 million or 29.50% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow HECLA MINING CO is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -46.77%.
  • In its most recent trading session, HL has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HL Ratings Report

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