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."

Independence Realty

Dividend Yield: 10.50%

Independence Realty

(AMEX:

IRT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.50%.

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 8.96.

The average volume for Independence Realty has been 238,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Independence Realty has a market cap of $323.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 27.21%, 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 57.5% in earnings ($0.34 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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Pennant Park Investment

Dividend Yield: 17.40%

Pennant Park Investment

(NASDAQ:

PNNT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.40%.

PennantPark Investment Corporation is a publicly listed business development firm specializing in direct and mezzanine investments in middle market companies. It invests in the form of mezzanine debt, senior secured loans, and equity investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.72.

The average volume for Pennant Park Investment has been 500,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pennant Park Investment has a market cap of $460.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Pennant Park Investment

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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 70.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$23.95 million to -$40.76 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market, PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT 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 37.62%, 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.
  • PENNANTPARK 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 two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.13 versus $1.66 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.05 versus -$0.13).
  • PNNT, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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Dynagas LNG Partners

Dividend Yield: 16.40%

Dynagas LNG Partners

(NYSE:

DLNG

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.40%.

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 5.94.

The average volume for Dynagas LNG Partners has been 199,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dynagas LNG Partners has a market cap of $364.8 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 49.50%, 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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