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."

Apollo Residential Mortgage

Dividend Yield: 14.40%

Apollo Residential Mortgage

(NYSE:

AMTG

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.40%.

Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc. primarily invests in residential mortgage assets in the United States.

The average volume for Apollo Residential Mortgage has been 390,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Residential Mortgage has a market cap of $425.5 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Apollo Residential Mortgage

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 160.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $21.41 million to -$13.03 million.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC has not done very well: it is down 16.58% 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. 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.
  • APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.82 versus $2.54 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.98 versus -$0.82).
  • AMTG, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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OHA Investment

Dividend Yield: 9.90%

OHA Investment

(NASDAQ:

OHAI

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.90%.

OHA Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in small and mid size and middle market private companies.

The average volume for OHA Investment has been 37,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. OHA Investment has a market cap of $49.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 33.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

OHA Investment

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • OHA INVESTMENT CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, OHA INVESTMENT CORP reported poor results of -$1.54 versus -$1.08 in the prior year.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 128.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$9.74 million to -$22.21 million.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market, OHA INVESTMENT CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 58.38%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 134.04% 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 gross profit margin for OHA INVESTMENT CORP is rather high; currently it is at 67.60%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -356.37% is in-line with the industry average.

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Mesabi

Dividend Yield: 8.80%

Mesabi

(NYSE:

MSB

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.80%.

Mesabi Trust, a royalty trust, engages in iron ore mining business primarily in the United States. It produces iron ore pellets. The company has interest in properties aggregating approximately 9,750 contiguous acres in St. Louis County, Minnesota. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.95.

The average volume for Mesabi has been 89,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mesabi has a market cap of $119.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 106.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Mesabi

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • MESABI TRUST has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, MESABI TRUST reported lower earnings of $0.65 versus $1.89 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.23 million or 73.63% 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 39.10%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 51.16% 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.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, MESABI TRUST's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly 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 51.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.68 million to $2.73 million.

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