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."

Global Partners

Dividend Yield: 13.70%

Global Partners

(NYSE:

GLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.70%.

Global Partners LP, a midstream logistics and marketing company, distributes gasoline, distillates, residual oil, and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers, and commercial customers in the New England states and New York.

The average volume for Global Partners has been 220,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Global Partners has a market cap of $459.6 million and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are down 22.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Global 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, feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 68.16%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 122.82% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.
  • GLOBAL PARTNERS LP 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GLOBAL PARTNERS LP reported lower earnings of $1.16 versus $3.96 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 138.8% in earnings (-$0.45 versus $1.16).
  • 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 123.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $30.42 million to -$7.02 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.17 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, GLP has a quick ratio of 0.61, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, GLOBAL 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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Medley Management

Dividend Yield: 13.10%

Medley Management

(NYSE:

MDLY

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.10%.

Medley Management Inc. is an investment holding company and operate and control all of the business and affairs of Medley LLC and its subsidiaries. Medley Management Inc. is based in New York, New York. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.54.

The average volume for Medley Management has been 51,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Medley Management has a market cap of $178.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Medley Management

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income 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 against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 60.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.32 million to $0.53 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 50.14%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 57.89% 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.
  • 39.10% is the gross profit margin for MEDLEY MANAGEMENT INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MDLY's net profit margin of 3.29% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, MDLY has outperformed against the industry average of 24.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • MEDLEY MANAGEMENT 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. 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, MEDLEY MANAGEMENT INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.45 versus $0.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.75 versus $0.45).

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CSI Compressco

Dividend Yield: 16.10%

CSI Compressco

(NASDAQ:

CCLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.10%.

CSI Compressco LP provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing, and storage applications in the United States and internationally.

The average volume for CSI Compressco has been 151,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. CSI Compressco has a market cap of $311.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CSI Compressco

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow, 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 5926.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.81 million to -$105.35 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $13.74 million or 57.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 54.85%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 7875.00% 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.
  • CSI COMPRESSCO LP 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, CSI COMPRESSCO LP swung to a loss, reporting -$4.36 versus $0.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.37 versus -$4.36).
  • Despite the weak revenue results, CCLP has outperformed against the industry average of 35.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 20.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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