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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 "Hold."

Blueknight Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

Blueknight Energy Partners (NASDAQ: BKEP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated terminalling, storage, processing, gathering, and transportation services for companies engaged in the production, distribution, and marketing of crude oil and asphalt products in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.13.

The average volume for Blueknight Energy Partners has been 102,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Blueknight Energy Partners has a market cap of $235.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Blueknight Energy Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 6.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $10.54 million to $11.27 million.
  • 43.70% is the gross profit margin for BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of BKEP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BKEP's net profit margin of 23.30% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The share price of BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP has not done very well: it is down 20.74% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP's earnings per share declined by 31.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP reported lower earnings of $0.24 versus $0.32 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 47.9% in earnings ($0.13 versus $0.24).

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Resource Capital

Dividend Yield: 16.30%

Resource Capital (NYSE: RSO) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.30%.

Resource Capital Corp., a diversified real estate investment trust, primarily focuses on originating, holding, and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt and equity investments in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.54.

The average volume for Resource Capital has been 794,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Resource Capital has a market cap of $648.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Resource Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 30.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • 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 46.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $24.12 million to $12.87 million.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, RESOURCE CAPITAL CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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Harvest Capital Credit

Dividend Yield: 11.00%

Harvest Capital Credit (NASDAQ: HCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.00%.

Harvest Capital Credit LLC is a business development company providing structured credit to small businesses. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.38.

The average volume for Harvest Capital Credit has been 23,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Harvest Capital Credit has a market cap of $76.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Harvest Capital Credit as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HCAP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 91.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • HARVEST CAPITAL CREDIT CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.33 versus $0.47).
  • The gross profit margin for HARVEST CAPITAL CREDIT CORP is rather high; currently it is at 63.07%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, HCAP's net profit margin of 51.48% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, HARVEST CAPITAL CREDIT CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • HCAP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.61% from its price level of one year ago. 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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