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 "Sell."

Credit Suisse Group

Dividend Yield: 5.50%

Credit Suisse Group

(NYSE:

CS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.50%.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services worldwide. It operates through Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, Global Markets, and Investment Banking & Capital Markets segments.

The average volume for Credit Suisse Group has been 3,621,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $25.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 39.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Credit Suisse Group

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 129.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1,085.26 million to -$315.14 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, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CREDIT SUISSE GROUP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.96%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.21% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 54.15%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 125.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • CREDIT SUISSE GROUP 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 two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP swung to a loss, reporting -$1.56 versus $1.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.68 versus -$1.56).

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EnLink Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.60%

EnLink Midstream Partners

(NYSE:

ENLK

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.60%.

EnLink Midstream Partners, LP, through its subsidiary, EnLink Midstream Operating, LP, provides midstream energy services.

The average volume for EnLink Midstream Partners has been 824,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. EnLink Midstream Partners has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

EnLink Midstream Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1674.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $35.60 million to -$560.40 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ENLINK MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ENLINK MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP is rather low; currently it is at 23.08%. Regardless of ENLK's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ENLK's net profit margin of -62.98% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • ENLK's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that ENLK's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.58 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 31.63%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 5900.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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Crestwood Equity Partners

Dividend Yield: 11.30%

Crestwood Equity Partners

(NYSE:

CEQP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.30%.

Crestwood Equity Partners LP provides infrastructure solutions to liquids-rich natural gas and crude oil shale plays in the United States. It operates through three segments: Gathering and Processing; Storage and Transportation; and Marketing, Supply, and Logistics.

The average volume for Crestwood Equity Partners has been 795,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Crestwood Equity Partners has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Crestwood Equity Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1300.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.30 million to -$99.60 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CRESTWOOD EQUITY PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CRESTWOOD EQUITY PARTNERS LP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.20%. Regardless of CEQP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CEQP's net profit margin of -18.58% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $134.30 million or 14.24% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow CRESTWOOD EQUITY PARTNERS LP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -49.32%.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 53.34%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 467.50% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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