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."

Cypress Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 16.00%

Cypress Energy Partners

(NYSE:

CELP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.00%.

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. provides saltwater disposal (SWD), and other water and environmental services in North America. It operates in two segments: Water and Environmental Services (W&ES), and Pipeline Inspection and Integrity Services (PI&IS).

The average volume for Cypress Energy Partners has been 25,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cypress Energy Partners has a market cap of $60.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 30% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Cypress Energy Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 47.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.68 million to $1.94 million.
  • The gross profit margin for CYPRESS ENERGY PARTNERS LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.83%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.12% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $7.15 million or 26.76% 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 debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.41 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 4.34, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 39.36%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 41.93% 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.

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JAVELIN Mortgage Investment

Dividend Yield: 17.00%

JAVELIN Mortgage Investment

(NYSE:

JMI

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.00%.

JAVELIN Mortgage Investment Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), invests primarily in fixed rate agency, and fixed rate and hybrid adjustable rate non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities in the United States. The company qualifies as a REIT for federal income tax purposes.

The average volume for JAVELIN Mortgage Investment has been 45,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. JAVELIN Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $75.7 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 39.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

JAVELIN Mortgage Investment

as a

sell

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

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 351.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.57 million to -$16.53 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $6.79 million or 14.01% 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 48.94%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 352.72% 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 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, JAVELIN MORTGAGE INVESTMENT's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for JAVELIN MORTGAGE INVESTMENT is currently very high, coming in at 72.52%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, JMI's net profit margin of -247.27% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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Westlake Chemical Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.30%

Westlake Chemical Partners

(NYSE:

WLKP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.30%.

Westlake Chemical Partners LP focuses on producing and selling ethylene. It also sells ethylene co-products, including propylene, crude butadiene, pyrolysis gasoline, and hydrogen directly to third parties on either a spot or contract basis. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.84.

The average volume for Westlake Chemical Partners has been 151,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Westlake Chemical Partners has a market cap of $234.9 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Westlake Chemical Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

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 Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 85.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $68.63 million to $10.10 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $101.30 million or 5.38% 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.
  • WLKP'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 43.66%, 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 debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.54 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 3.77, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PRTNRS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 77.5% in earnings ($1.48 versus $6.58).

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