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."

USA Compression Partners

Dividend Yield: 12.90%

USA Compression Partners

(NYSE:

USAC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.90%.

USA Compression Partners, LP provides natural gas compression services under term contracts with customers in the oil and gas industry in the United States. It engineers, designs, operates, services, and repairs its compression units and maintains related support inventory and equipment. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.42.

The average volume for USA Compression Partners has been 221,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. USA Compression Partners has a market cap of $610.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

USA Compression Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 30.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS LP 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, USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS LP increased its bottom line by earning $0.58 versus $0.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.85 versus $0.58).
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS LP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • USAC'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 30.35%, 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. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, USAC is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.

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CVR Refining

Dividend Yield: 20.00%

CVR Refining

(NYSE:

CVRR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 20.00%.

CVR Refining, LP operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer of transportation fuels in the United States. It owns and operates a complex full coking medium-sour crude oil refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.81.

The average volume for CVR Refining has been 372,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. CVR Refining has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CVR Refining

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 537.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $21.80 million to $138.90 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.37, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, CVRR has a quick ratio of 1.69, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • CVR REFINING LP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, CVR REFINING LP reported lower earnings of $2.44 versus $4.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.77 versus $2.44).
  • The gross profit margin for CVR REFINING LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.61%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CVRR's net profit margin of 10.20% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • CVRR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.37% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

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BDCA Venture

Dividend Yield: 14.30%

BDCA Venture

(NASDAQ:

BDCV

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.30%.

BDC Venture, Inc. is a business development company specializing in later stage, emerging growth, growth capital, secured and unsecured debt, pre-IPO and secondary purchase investments.

The average volume for BDCA Venture has been 15,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. BDCA Venture has a market cap of $40.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

BDCA Venture

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, 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 99.76% to -$0.01 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 99.76%, BDCA VENTURE INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 265.45%.
  • BDCV, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 63.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BDCA VENTURE INC 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BDCA VENTURE INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.09 versus $0.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.00 versus -$0.09).
  • 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 214.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.12 million to -$1.29 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, BDCA VENTURE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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