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."

Harte-Hanks

Dividend Yield: 10.90%

Harte-Hanks

(NYSE:

HHS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.90%.

Harte-Hanks, Inc. provides various marketing services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Customer Interaction and Trillium Software.

The average volume for Harte-Hanks has been 299,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Harte-Hanks has a market cap of $191.1 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Harte-Hanks

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 74.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.09 million to $2.54 million.
  • The gross profit margin for HARTE HANKS INC is rather low; currently it is at 19.15%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.95% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 59.95%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 75.00% 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.
  • HARTE HANKS INC 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, HARTE HANKS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$2.77 versus $0.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.21 versus -$2.77).
  • HHS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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Independence Realty

Dividend Yield: 11.20%

Independence Realty

(AMEX:

IRT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.20%.

Independence Realty Trust, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust launched by RAIT Financial Trust. It is managed by Independence Realty Advisors, LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in apartment properties to create its portfolio. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.72.

The average volume for Independence Realty has been 231,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Independence Realty has a market cap of $303.6 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Independence Realty

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 INDEPENDENCE REALTY TRUST is rather low; currently it is at 22.15%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 10.38% significantly trails the industry average.
  • IRT'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 28.23%, 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. 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.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, INDEPENDENCE REALTY TRUST's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • INDEPENDENCE REALTY 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, INDEPENDENCE REALTY TRUST increased its bottom line by earning $0.80 versus $0.19 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 70.0% in earnings ($0.24 versus $0.80).
  • 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 2081.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.19 million to $4.12 million.

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Teekay Offshore Partners

Dividend Yield: 15.30%

Teekay Offshore Partners

(NYSE:

TOO

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.30%.

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. provides marine transportation, oil production, storage, towage, and floating accommodation services to the offshore oil industry in the North Sea and Brazil. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.10.

The average volume for Teekay Offshore Partners has been 1,348,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Teekay Offshore Partners has a market cap of $308.2 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 54.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Teekay Offshore Partners

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, 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 291.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $28.52 million to -$54.74 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.85 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.46, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of 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 86.39%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 376.00% 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.
  • TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP 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, TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.22 versus $0.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.69 versus -$0.22).

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