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 Partners

Dividend Yield: 11.80%

GasLog Partners

(NYSE:

GLOP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.80%.

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 7.22.

The average volume for GasLog Partners has been 168,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. GasLog Partners has a market cap of $514.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 -39.33%.
  • 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 34.90%, 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 21.4% in earnings ($2.28 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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Dynagas LNG Partners

Dividend Yield: 18.60%

Dynagas LNG Partners

(NYSE:

DLNG

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 18.60%.

Dynagas LNG Partners LP, through its subsidiaries, operates in the seaborne transportation industry worldwide. The company owns and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.98.

The average volume for Dynagas LNG Partners has been 166,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dynagas LNG Partners has a market cap of $323.3 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Dynagas LNG Partners

as a

sell

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.85 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated.
  • Looking at the price performance of DLNG's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 54.37%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than 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 change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 3.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $15.32 million to $14.83 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP's earnings per share declined by 15.9% 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, DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.60 versus $1.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.75 versus $1.60).

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Rait Financial

Dividend Yield: 12.00%

Rait Financial

(NYSE:

RAS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.00%.

RAIT Financial Trust operates as a self-managed and self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The company, through its subsidiaries, invests in, manages, and services real estate-related assets with a focus on commercial real estate. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.12.

The average volume for Rait Financial has been 1,005,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rait Financial has a market cap of $275.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Rait Financial

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:

  • RAS'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 58.33%, 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 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, RAIT FINANCIAL TRUST's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 38.94% is the gross profit margin for RAIT FINANCIAL TRUST which we consider to be strong. Regardless of RAS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RAS's net profit margin of 10.16% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • RAIT FINANCIAL TRUST 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, RAIT FINANCIAL TRUST turned its bottom line around by earning $0.08 versus -$3.88 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.10 versus $0.08).

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