Kinross Gold (KGC) Stock Up as Gold Inches Higher

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Kinross Gold Corp. (KGC) are up by 0.98% to $2.57 in mid-afternoon trading on Monday, as some mining and related stocks get a slight bump thanks to the rise in the price of gold, which is still above the $1,200 per ounce mark.

The precious metal is extending some recent gains. Last week, Gold ended at a three month high.

Gold for June delivery is higher by 0.06% to $1,226 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.

"Gold has made some solid advances, but confidence is fragile-reflected by the difficulty it has in breaching key technical resistance levels with any conviction, notably at $1,225," Ross Norman of the bullion broker Sharps Pixley told MarketWatch.

Earlier in the day The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo released data showing homebuilder confidence fell to 54 in May from 56 in April.

The home builders' confidence reading suggest that the economy is struggling to rebound strongly enough for the Fed to raise interest rates before September, Reuters reports.

On Wednesday, the Fed will release the minutes from its April policy meeting and the gold market is eagerly awaiting the minuted and looking "to make absolutely sure that the Fed won't move on rates this summer," global trading director at Kitco Metals Peter Hug said, MarketWatch added.

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

"We rate KINROSS GOLD CORP (KGC) a SELL. This is driven by multiple 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 unimpressive growth in net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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

  • 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 122.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $29.60 million to -$6.70 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 36.82%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 133.33% 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.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, KINROSS GOLD CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 39.74% is the gross profit margin for KINROSS GOLD CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of KGC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, KGC's net profit margin of -0.85% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, KGC has outperformed against the industry average of 17.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: KGC Ratings Report

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