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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."

Oaktree Capital Group

Dividend Yield: 4.30%

Oaktree Capital Group (NYSE: OAK) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.30%.

Oaktree Capital Group, LLC operates as a global investment management firm that focuses on alternative markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.61.

The average volume for Oaktree Capital Group has been 284,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Oaktree Capital Group has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Oaktree Capital Group as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • OAK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, OAKTREE CAPITAL GROUP LLC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • OAKTREE CAPITAL GROUP LLC 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, OAKTREE CAPITAL GROUP LLC reported lower earnings of $3.01 versus $6.43 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.24 versus $3.01).
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 62.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $64.91 million to $24.39 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1,452.11 million or 288.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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Blackstone Mortgage

Dividend Yield: 6.70%

Blackstone Mortgage (NYSE: BXMT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.70%.

Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate finance company, originates and purchases senior loans collateralized by properties in North America and Europe. It operates through two segments, Loan Origination and CT Legacy Portfolio. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.81.

The average volume for Blackstone Mortgage has been 724,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Blackstone Mortgage has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Mortgage as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • BXMT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 131.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 62.67% to $23.18 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.50%.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Chimera Investment

Dividend Yield: 12.30%

Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.30%.

Chimera Investment Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.46.

The average volume for Chimera Investment has been 1,222,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Chimera Investment has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Chimera Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CIM's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 169.1%. 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.
  • 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, CHIMERA INVESTMENT CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHIMERA INVESTMENT CORP is currently very high, coming in at 71.86%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, CIM's net profit margin of 2.35% significantly trails the industry average.
  • 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 91.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $72.31 million to $6.49 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $27.40 million or 67.98% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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