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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."

Crescent Point Energy

Dividend Yield: 8.60%

Crescent Point Energy (NYSE: CPG) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.60%.

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.02.

The average volume for Crescent Point Energy has been 337,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Crescent Point Energy has a market cap of $11.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Crescent Point Energy 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:
  • CPG's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 20.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 135.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.19 versus $0.38 in the prior year.
  • CPG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.39 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • CPG'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 33.31%, 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. 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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Arlington Asset Investment

Dividend Yield: 14.80%

Arlington Asset Investment (NYSE: AI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.80%.

Arlington Asset Investment Corp., an investment firm, acquires mortgage-related and other assets. The company has a P/E ratio of 81.72.

The average volume for Arlington Asset Investment has been 322,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Arlington Asset Investment has a market cap of $541.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Arlington Asset Investment as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $22.43 million or 13.20% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -22.85%.
  • AI, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 75.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT 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, ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT reported lower earnings of $0.53 versus $2.96 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.90 versus $0.53).
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • The share price of ARLINGTON ASSET INVESTMENT has not done very well: it is down 7.15% 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, 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.

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Educational Development

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

Educational Development (NASDAQ: EDUC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

Educational Development Corporation operates as a trade publisher of the line of educational children's books in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.18.

The average volume for Educational Development has been 4,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Educational Development has a market cap of $16.9 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Educational Development as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 14.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 28.6%. 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 gross profit margin for EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORP is rather high; currently it is at 62.37%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.80% is above that of the industry average.
  • EDUC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.81 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORP's earnings per share declined by 7.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORP reported lower earnings of $0.09 versus $0.20 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Distributors industry average. The net income has decreased by 4.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $0.55 million to $0.53 million.

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