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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 "Buy."

CorEnergy Infrastructure

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

CorEnergy Infrastructure

(NYSE:

CORR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%.

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. is a trust launched and managed by Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC. The trust primarily owns midstream and downstream U.S. energy infrastructure assets subject to long-term triple net participating leases with energy companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.88.

The average volume for CorEnergy Infrastructure has been 127,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. CorEnergy Infrastructure has a market cap of $231.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CorEnergy Infrastructure

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 11.73% over the past twelve months. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 4194.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.07 million to $3.01 million.
  • CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. 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, CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR reported lower earnings of $0.18 versus $1.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.34 versus $0.18).
  • The gross profit margin for CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.60%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CORR's net profit margin of 33.30% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de

Dividend Yield: 8.20%

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de

(NASDAQ:

OMAB

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.20%.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and maintains airports in Mexico. It also operates NH T2 Hotel inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City International Airport. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.18.

The average volume for Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de has been 23,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 35.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • OMAB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 14.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 35.89% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, OMAB should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Transportation Infrastructure industry and the overall market, GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT is rather high; currently it is at 63.88%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 23.93% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 65.54% to $30.27 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 52.69%.

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Hercules Technology Growth Capital

Dividend Yield: 8.60%

Hercules Technology Growth Capital

(NYSE:

HTGC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.60%.

Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.65.

The average volume for Hercules Technology Growth Capital has been 381,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hercules Technology Growth Capital has a market cap of $908.3 million and is part of the capital markets industry. Shares are down 15.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Hercules Technology Growth Capital

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, HERCULES TECH GROWTH CAP INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HERCULES TECH GROWTH CAP INC is currently very high, coming in at 83.24%. Regardless of HTGC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, HTGC's net profit margin of 38.79% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • HERCULES TECH GROWTH CAP INC's earnings per share declined by 41.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HERCULES TECH GROWTH CAP INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.62 versus $0.92 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 25.9% in earnings ($1.20 versus $1.62).
  • In its most recent trading session, HTGC has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.

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