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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 "Sell."

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

Dividend Yield: 9.20%

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

(NASDAQ:

WHLR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.20%.

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. engages in acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning, and managing real estate properties in the mid-Atlantic, southeast, and southwest United States.

The average volume for Wheeler Real Estate Investment has been 26,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Wheeler Real Estate Investment has a market cap of $33.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.27 million to -$1.82 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.69 million or 36.43% 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 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, WHEELER REAL ESTATE INVT TR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. 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.
  • WHEELER REAL ESTATE INVT TR has improved earnings per share by 20.5% 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, WHEELER REAL ESTATE INVT TR reported poor results of -$0.94 versus -$0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.92 versus -$0.94).

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Atlantic Power

Dividend Yield: 15.30%

Atlantic Power

(NYSE:

AT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.30%.

Atlantic Power Corporation owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada.

The average volume for Atlantic Power has been 1,322,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlantic Power has a market cap of $287.3 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 33.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Atlantic Power

as a

sell

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

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 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1870.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.00 million to -$59.10 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 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry and the overall market, ATLANTIC POWER CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.67 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, AT's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.37, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 46.75%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2550.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • ATLANTIC POWER 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 not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ATLANTIC POWER CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.24 versus -$1.10 in the prior year.

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Navios Maritime Acquisition

Dividend Yield: 7.40%

Navios Maritime Acquisition

(NYSE:

NNA

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.40%.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation provides marine transportation services worldwide. The company owns a fleet of crude oil, refined petroleum product, and chemical tankers.

The average volume for Navios Maritime Acquisition has been 330,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Navios Maritime Acquisition has a market cap of $411.0 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 38% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Navios Maritime Acquisition

as a

sell

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

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 82.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.54 million to -$2.80 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, NAVIOS MARITIME ACQUISITION's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.57 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, NNA's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.09, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • NNA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.17% 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.
  • NAVIOS MARITIME ACQUISITION reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, NAVIOS MARITIME ACQUISITION reported poor results of -$0.42 versus -$0.08 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.10 versus -$0.42).

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