Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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."

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

Dividend Yield: 12.80%

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

(NYSE:

EARN

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.80%.

No company description available. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.07.

The average volume for Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT has been 52,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT has a market cap of $157.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. Regardless of the rise in share value over the previous year, we feel that the risks involved in investing in this stock do not compensate for any future upside potential.
  • ELLINGTON RESIDENTIAL MTG 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 ($3.00 versus -$0.82).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 213.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$9.70 million to $11.05 million.
  • Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ELLINGTON RESIDENTIAL MTG has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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Full Circle Capital

Dividend Yield: 13.30%

Full Circle Capital

(NASDAQ:

FULL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.30%.

Full Circle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in debt and equity securities of smaller and lower middle-market companies.

The average volume for Full Circle Capital has been 143,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Full Circle Capital has a market cap of $72.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Full Circle Capital

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 506.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.85 million to -$7.53 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, FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$24.03 million or 3164.53% 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 share price of FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP has not done very well: it is down 24.88% 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.
  • FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL 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. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.83 versus $0.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.73 versus -$0.83).

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Atlantic Power

Dividend Yield: 15.20%

Atlantic Power

(NYSE:

AT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.20%.

Atlantic Power Corporation owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada.

The average volume for Atlantic Power has been 1,468,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlantic Power has a market cap of $289.7 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 27.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Atlantic Power

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 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 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1870.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.00 million to -$59.10 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 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry and the overall market, ATLANTIC POWER CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.67 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, AT's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.37, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity 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 49.70%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2550.00% 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.
  • ATLANTIC POWER 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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ATLANTIC POWER CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.24 versus -$1.10 in the prior year.

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