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: 11.10%

GasLog Partners

(NYSE:

GLOP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.10%.

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, 2015, it had a fleet of five LNG carriers. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco.

The average volume for GasLog Partners has been 149,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. GasLog Partners has a market cap of $377.3 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 33.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.34 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 0.24, which clearly demonstrates the inability 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 32.72%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 40.77% 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 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 5.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $20.24 million to $19.23 million.
  • GASLOG PARTNERS LP's earnings per share declined by 40.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.20 versus $1.86).
  • The gross profit margin for GASLOG PARTNERS LP is currently very high, coming in at 79.03%. 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 37.37% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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Midcoast Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 12.90%

Midcoast Energy Partners

(NYSE:

MEP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.90%.

Midcoast Energy Partners, L.P. engages in gathering, processing, treating, transporting, and marketing natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gathering, Processing, and Transportation; and Logistics and Marketing.

The average volume for Midcoast Energy Partners has been 99,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Midcoast Energy Partners has a market cap of $251.4 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Midcoast Energy Partners

as a

sell

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

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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 157.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.30 million to -$3.60 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MIDCOAST ENERGY PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.20 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 33.02%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 157.14% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The gross profit margin for MIDCOAST ENERGY PARTNERS LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 6.52%. Regardless of MEP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -0.54% trails the industry average.

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Five Oaks Investment

Dividend Yield: 18.60%

Five Oaks Investment

(NYSE:

OAKS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 18.60%.

Five Oaks Investment Corp. focuses on investing, financing, and managing a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). It invests in agency and non-agency residential MBS, multi-family MBS, residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights, and other mortgage-related investments.

The average volume for Five Oaks Investment has been 89,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Five Oaks Investment has a market cap of $94.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 40.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Five Oaks Investment

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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 125.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.03 million to -$1.31 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, FIVE OAKS INVESTMENT 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 -$0.08 million or 101.58% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much 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 38.96%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 153.57% 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.
  • FIVE OAKS INVESTMENT 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, FIVE OAKS INVESTMENT CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.03 versus $0.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.11 versus -$0.03).

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