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 "Hold."

JMP Group

Dividend Yield: 7.50%

JMP Group

(NYSE:

JMP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.50%.

JMP Group LLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment banking and asset management services in the United States. The company operates through Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, and Corporate Credit segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.48.

The average volume for JMP Group has been 49,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. JMP Group has a market cap of $135.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

JMP Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • JMP GROUP LLC 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, JMP GROUP LLC increased its bottom line by earning $0.56 versus $0.15 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.65 versus $0.56).
  • 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 82.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $3.20 million to $5.83 million.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 25.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, JMP GROUP LLC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for JMP GROUP LLC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.87%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 12.31% trails that of the industry average.

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TICC Capital

Dividend Yield: 17.00%

TICC Capital

(NASDAQ:

TICC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.00%.

TICC Capital Corp., a business development company, operates as a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The firm invests in both public and private companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.16.

The average volume for TICC Capital has been 329,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. TICC Capital has a market cap of $408.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TICC Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 218.27% to $42.55 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TICC CAPITAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -410.93%.
  • The gross profit margin for TICC CAPITAL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 66.82%. Regardless of TICC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TICC's net profit margin of 42.20% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, TICC is down 20.79% to its most recent closing price of 6.90. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact either way, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry average. The net income has decreased by 23.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $13.14 million to $10.04 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, TICC CAPITAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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CorEnergy Infrastructure

Dividend Yield: 11.00%

CorEnergy Infrastructure

(NYSE:

CORR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.00%.

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. is an open-ended equity 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 16.30.

The average volume for CorEnergy Infrastructure has been 509,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. CorEnergy Infrastructure has a market cap of $291.5 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 19.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CorEnergy Infrastructure

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 42.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR's earnings per share declined by 40.0% 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, CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR increased its bottom line by earning $0.23 versus $0.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.34 versus $0.23).
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 35.94%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 40.00% 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.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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