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." SunCoke Energy PartnersDividend Yield: 19.20%SunCoke Energy Partners (NYSE: SXCP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 19.20%. SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P., a master limited partnership, produces and sells coke used in the blast furnace production of steel in the United States. It operates through two segments, Domestic Coke and Coal Logistics. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.00. The average volume for SunCoke Energy Partners has been 205,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. SunCoke Energy Partners has a market cap of $571.6 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 60.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreet Ratings rates SunCoke Energy Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 55.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $23.30 million to $36.30 million.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, SXCP has significantly outperformed against the industry average of 41.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, SXCP's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.17, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS LP's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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WhiteHorse Finance

Dividend Yield: 14.30%

WhiteHorse Finance

(NASDAQ:

WHF

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.30%. Whitehorse Finance, LLC is a business development company. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.69. The average volume for WhiteHorse Finance has been 26,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. WhiteHorse Finance has a market cap of $181.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

WhiteHorse Finance

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 23.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.4%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$43.38 million or 36.15% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WHITEHORSE FINANCE INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -25.38%.
  • The gross profit margin for WHITEHORSE FINANCE INC is currently very high, coming in at 73.87%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -123.83% is in-line with the industry average.

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  • 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 511.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.59 million to -$14.78 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, WHITEHORSE FINANCE INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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Fifth Street Finance

Dividend Yield: 13.40%

Fifth Street Finance

(NASDAQ:

FSC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.40%. Fifth Street Finance Corp. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.70. The average volume for Fifth Street Finance has been 838,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fifth Street Finance has a market cap of $805.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Fifth Street Finance

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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 106.92% to $15.12 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FIFTH STREET FINANCE CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -25.38%.
  • The gross profit margin for FIFTH STREET FINANCE CORP is rather high; currently it is at 62.39%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -96.56% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, FSC has outperformed against the industry average of 23.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 120.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$28.47 million to -$62.89 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. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FIFTH STREET FINANCE CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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