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."

Fly Leasing

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

Fly Leasing

(NYSE:

FLY

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

FLY Leasing Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in purchasing and leasing commercial aircraft under multi-year contracts to various airlines worldwide.

The average volume for Fly Leasing has been 256,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fly Leasing has a market cap of $545.3 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Fly Leasing

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity 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 Trading Companies & Distributors industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 368.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $21.67 million to -$58.26 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.24 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, FLY LEASING LTD -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FLY LEASING LTD -ADR 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, FLY LEASING LTD -ADR reported lower earnings of $1.32 versus $1.67 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.94 versus $1.32).
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is higher, and it has outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

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City Office REIT

Dividend Yield: 8.20%

City Office REIT

(NYSE:

CIO

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.20%.

City Office REIT, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It acquires, own and operate high-quality office properties. City Office REIT, Inc was formed in November 26, 2013 and is domiciled in the United States.

The average volume for City Office REIT has been 59,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. City Office REIT has a market cap of $141.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

City Office REIT

as a

sell

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for CITY OFFICE REIT INC is rather low; currently it is at 17.94%. Regardless of CIO's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CIO's net profit margin of -15.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • CIO has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 12.69% 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 17.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$2.18 million to -$1.80 million.
  • Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, CITY OFFICE REIT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 62.43% to $2.91 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 16.24%.

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McEwen Mining

Dividend Yield: 9.40%

McEwen Mining

(NYSE:

MUX

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.40%.

McEwen Mining Inc. explores for, develops, produces, and sells precious and base metals in Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. It primarily explores for gold, silver, and copper.

The average volume for McEwen Mining has been 824,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. McEwen Mining has a market cap of $290.5 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

McEwen Mining

as a

sell

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

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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, MCEWEN MINING INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • MUX'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 40.12%, 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.
  • MCEWEN MINING INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, MCEWEN MINING INC reported poor results of -$1.04 versus -$0.50 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.05 versus -$1.04).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 86.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$104.02 million to -$14.12 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 110.95% to $0.35 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MCEWEN MINING INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.69%.

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