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."

Fly Leasing

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

Fly Leasing

(NYSE:

FLY

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

FLY Leasing Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in purchasing and leasing commercial aircraft under multi-year contracts to various airlines worldwide.

The average volume for Fly Leasing has been 315,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fly Leasing has a market cap of $545.9 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Fly Leasing

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.99 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • 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 Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, FLY LEASING LTD -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FLY, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that FLY's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • FLY LEASING LTD -ADR has improved earnings per share by 27.0% 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, FLY LEASING LTD -ADR reported lower earnings of $1.32 versus $1.67 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.05 versus $1.32).

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Dynagas LNG Partners

Dividend Yield: 16.50%

Dynagas LNG Partners

(NYSE:

DLNG

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.50%.

Dynagas LNG Partners LP, through its subsidiaries, operates in the seaborne transportation industry worldwide. The company owns and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.30.

The average volume for Dynagas LNG Partners has been 73,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dynagas LNG Partners has a market cap of $210.6 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 35.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Dynagas LNG Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • DLNG'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 29.69%, 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. 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.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 2.55, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.58 versus $0.62 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.68 versus $1.58).
  • 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 14.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $13.99 million to $16.04 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Gladstone Commercial

Dividend Yield: 10.50%

Gladstone Commercial

(NASDAQ:

GOOD

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.50%.

Gladstone Commercial Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in investing in and owning net leased industrial and commercial real properties, and making long-term industrial and commercial mortgage loans. The company has a P/E ratio of 74.95.

The average volume for Gladstone Commercial has been 129,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Commercial has a market cap of $314.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Gladstone Commercial

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, GOOD has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.69% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 141.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.23 million to -$0.10 million.
  • GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP's earnings per share declined by 20.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP reported poor results of -$0.61 versus -$0.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.16 versus -$0.61).
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 40.43% is the gross profit margin for GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of GOOD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GOOD's net profit margin of -0.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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