TheStreet Ratings' stock model projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Our Buy, Hold or Sell ratings designate how we expect these stocks to perform against a general benchmark of the equities market and interest rates.

While plenty of high-yield opportunities exist, investors must always consider the safety of their dividend and the total return potential of their investment. It is not uncommon for a struggling company to suspend high-yielding dividends which could subsequently result in precipitous share price declines.

TheStreet Ratings' stock rating model views dividends favorably, but not so much that other factors are disregarded. Our model gauges the relationship between risk and reward in several ways, including: the pricing drawdown as compared to potential profit volatility, i.e. how much one is willing to risk in order to earn profits?; the level of acceptable volatility for highly performing stocks; the current valuation as compared to projected earnings growth; and the financial strength of the underlying company as compared to its stock's valuation as compared to its stock's performance.

These and many more derived observations are then combined, ranked, weighted, and scenario-tested to create a more complete analysis. The result is a systematic and disciplined method of selecting stocks. As always, stock ratings should not be treated as gospel — rather, use them as a starting point for your own research.

The following pages contain our analysis of 3 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Hold."

PennyMac Mortgage Investment

Dividend Yield: 13.00%

PennyMac Mortgage Investment

(NYSE:

PMT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.00%.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, a specialty finance company, invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Correspondent Production and Investment Activities. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.00.

The average volume for PennyMac Mortgage Investment has been 904,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. PennyMac Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 29.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

PennyMac Mortgage Investment

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for PENNYMAC MORTGAGE INVEST TR is rather high; currently it is at 65.14%. Regardless of PMT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 28.21% trails the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 30.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, PENNYMAC MORTGAGE INVEST TR's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$907.28 million or 32.68% 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.

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Spirit Realty Capital

Dividend Yield: 6.70%

Spirit Realty Capital

(NYSE:

SRC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.70%.

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.74.

The average volume for Spirit Realty Capital has been 4,630,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Spirit Realty Capital has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Spirit Realty Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • SRC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SPIRIT REALTY CAPITAL INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, SPIRIT REALTY CAPITAL INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.10 versus -$0.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.32 versus -$0.10).
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, SPIRIT REALTY CAPITAL INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SRC has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 13.10% 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.

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Genesis Energy

Dividend Yield: 6.60%

Genesis Energy

(NYSE:

GEL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.60%.

Genesis Energy, L.P. operates in the midstream segment of the oil and gas industry in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. Its Onshore Pipeline Transportation segment transports crude oil and carbon dioxide (CO2). The company has a P/E ratio of 41.50.

The average volume for Genesis Energy has been 472,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Genesis Energy has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Genesis Energy

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1069.36% to $8.64 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GENESIS ENERGY -LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.46%.
  • GENESIS ENERGY -LP's earnings per share declined by 50.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENESIS ENERGY -LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.19 versus $1.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.34 versus $1.19).
  • GEL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 34.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 35.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, GENESIS ENERGY -LP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The share price of GENESIS ENERGY -LP has not done very well: it is down 16.69% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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