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." GasLog PartnersDividend Yield: 10.30%GasLog Partners (NYSE: GLOP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.30%. GasLog Partners LP acquires, owns, and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The company provides LNG transportation services under long-term charters worldwide. As of February 16, 2016, it had a fleet of eight LNG carriers. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.26. The average volume for GasLog Partners has been 147,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. GasLog Partners has a market cap of $588.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 28.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreet Ratings rates GasLog Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.19, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $30.40 million or 36.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 36.49%, GASLOG PARTNERS LP is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -39.87%.
  • GLOP'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 36.29%, 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.
  • GASLOG PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GASLOG PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $2.90 versus $1.51 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 22.8% in earnings ($2.24 versus $2.90).
  • The gross profit margin for GASLOG PARTNERS LP is currently very high, coming in at 78.92%. Regardless of GLOP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GLOP's net profit margin of 39.07% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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Capitala Finance

Dividend Yield: 14.00%

Capitala Finance

(NASDAQ:

CPTA

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.00%. Capitala Finance Corp. is a Business Development Company specializing in investments in traditional mezzanine, senior subordinated and unitranche debt, second-lien loans, equity securities issued by lower and traditional middle-market companies, and small and middle-market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 74.78. The average volume for Capitala Finance has been 65,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Capitala Finance has a market cap of $212.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Capitala Finance

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CPTA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.07% 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, CAPITALA FINANCE CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CAPITALA FINANCE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 74.35%. 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 -53.88% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 75.57% to -$10.88 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CAPITALA FINANCE CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -25.38%.
  • CAPITALA FINANCE CORP has improved earnings per share by 33.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CAPITALA FINANCE CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.99 versus -$0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.88 versus $0.99).

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Resource Capital

Dividend Yield: 14.10%

Resource Capital

(NYSE:

RSO

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.10%. Resource Capital Corp., a diversified real estate investment trust, primarily focuses on originating, holding, and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt and equity investments in the United States. The average volume for Resource Capital has been 216,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Resource Capital has a market cap of $375.7 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Resource Capital

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 44.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $12.78 million to $7.06 million.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, RESOURCE CAPITAL 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 33.56%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 85.00% 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.
  • RESOURCE 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RESOURCE CAPITAL CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.44 versus $1.36 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.56 versus -$0.44).
  • The gross profit margin for RESOURCE CAPITAL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 50.40%. Regardless of RSO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RSO's net profit margin of 13.62% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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