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 "Sell."

American Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 17.10%

American Midstream Partners

(NYSE:

AMID

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.10%.

American Midstream Partners, LP engages in gathering, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas, fractionating natural gas liquids (NGLs), and storing specialty chemical products in the Gulf Coast and Southeast regions of the United States.

The average volume for American Midstream Partners has been 248,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Midstream Partners has a market cap of $252.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 43.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

American Midstream Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • AMID's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 61.70%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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 gross profit margin for AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP is rather low; currently it is at 20.87%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -3.05% trails the industry average.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 23.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$1.67 million to -$2.06 million.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, AMID has outperformed against the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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Hoegh LNG Partners

Dividend Yield: 8.30%

Hoegh LNG Partners

(NYSE:

HMLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.30%.

Hoegh LNG Partners LP focuses on owning, operating, and acquiring floating storage and regasification units, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and other LNG infrastructure assets under long-term charters. Hoegh LNG GP LLC is the general partner of the company. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.78.

The average volume for Hoegh LNG Partners has been 27,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hoegh LNG Partners has a market cap of $213.8 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

Hoegh LNG Partners

as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • HMLP's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 26.39%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter.
  • When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, HOEGH LNG PARTNERS LP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HOEGH LNG PARTNERS LP is currently very high, coming in at 85.58%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 147.16% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.84, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.99, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • HOEGH LNG PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.26 versus $0.16).

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Deswell Industries

Dividend Yield: 9.10%

Deswell Industries

(NASDAQ:

DSWL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.10%.

Deswell Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells injection-molded plastic parts and components; and assembles electronic products for original equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturers.

The average volume for Deswell Industries has been 14,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Deswell Industries has a market cap of $24.8 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Deswell Industries

as a

sell

. 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 ratings report include:

  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 7935.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.01 million to -$1.10 million.
  • The gross profit margin for DESWELL INDUSTRIES INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.22%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -9.73% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.30 million or 125.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, DESWELL INDUSTRIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 33.19% over the past year. 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.

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