Gold Fields (GFI) Stock Down as Gold Prices Slip

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI) finished the day in the red, down by 2.55% to $3.06 on Tuesday afternoon as some mining and related stocks reacted negatively to the slight decline in gold prices.

The yellow metal moved lower as the Fed began its two-day policy setting meeting. It is expected that the central bank will leave interest rates unchanged but investors will look for clues as to a timeframe for the anticipated increase, MarketWatch reports.

Gold for August delivery is down by 0.41% to $1,181 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.

So far today, 3.34 million shares of Gold Fields have exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.00 million shares.

Gold Fields is a South African gold mining company, one of the largest in the world. Gold Fields has operations in South Africa, Peru, Australia and Ghana.

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

"We rate GOLD FIELDS LTD (GFI) 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

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 4533.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.30 million to -$13.90 million.
  • The gross profit margin for GOLD FIELDS LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.77%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -2.27% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $150.20 million or 24.10% 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.
  • 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 on the basis of return on equity, GOLD FIELDS LTD underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GFI Ratings Report

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