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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 "Hold."

Triangle Capital Corporation

Dividend Yield: 10.40%

Triangle Capital Corporation

(NYSE:

TCAP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.40%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.34.

The average volume for Triangle Capital Corporation has been 340,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital Corporation has a market cap of $684.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Triangle Capital Corporation

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 83.30%. 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 -35.42% is in-line with the industry average.
  • TCAP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • TRIANGLE CAPITAL 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. 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, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.94 versus $2.23 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 30.9% in earnings ($2.03 versus $2.94).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$115.04 million or 353.29% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 138.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $23.17 million to -$8.81 million.

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Marlin Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.30%

Marlin Midstream Partners

(NASDAQ:

FISH

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.30%.

Marlin Midstream Partners, LP, together with its subsidiaries, acquires, owns, develops, and operates midstream energy assets in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Midstream Natural Gas and Crude Oil Logistics. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.03.

The average volume for Marlin Midstream Partners has been 75,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Marlin Midstream Partners has a market cap of $180.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Marlin Midstream Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's revenue growth has not been good.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • MARLIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.33 versus $0.36).
  • When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MARLIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FISH, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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Independence Realty

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

Independence Realty

(AMEX:

IRT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

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 52.39.

The average volume for Independence Realty has been 276,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Independence Realty has a market cap of $243.3 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Independence Realty

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • IRT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 172.9%. 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.
  • Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, INDEPENDENCE REALTY TRUST's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 121.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.26 million to -$0.06 million.
  • The gross profit margin for INDEPENDENCE REALTY TRUST is rather low; currently it is at 17.02%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.42% is significantly below that of the industry average.

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