Barrick Gold (ABX) Stock Sliding Amid Lower Gold Prices

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Barrick Gold Corp.  (ABX) were sliding, lower by 0.97% to $10.68 in afternoon trading Tuesday, as gold prices fall to settle in the red.

U.S. gold futures for August closed down at $1,171.80 an ounce, and at last check gold futures were lower by 0.63% to $1,171.60 an ounce as of 2:53 p.m. ET today.

Spot gold was barely changed at $1,171.45 an ounce as of 2:59 p.m. ET.

Gold prices fell as Greece formally requested a third Eurozone bail-out, asking for a reduction in the country's outstanding debt as investors remain cautious over the precious metal's longer-term outlook, Reuters reports.

The troubled country is asking for a new two-year aid deal, which the Eurozone finance ministers will discuss in a teleconference tonight, BBC reports.

If Greece fails to repay the International Monetary Fund loan, Greece risks exiting the Eurozone.

Gold often rallies during times of financial market turmoil, but has found little support from safe-haven bids, according to Reuters.

Toronto-based Barrick is a gold miner that operates mines and advanced exploration and development projects in Canada, the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Zambia, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania.

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

"We rate BARRICK GOLD CORP (ABX) 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 generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income."

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

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $316.00 million or 45.98% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much 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 38.16%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 37.50% 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 change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Metals & Mining industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 35.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $88.00 million to $57.00 million.
  • 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, BARRICK GOLD CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ABX Ratings Report

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