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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."

Apollo Residential Mortgage

Dividend Yield: 13.00%

Apollo Residential Mortgage (NYSE: AMTG) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.00%.

Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc. primarily invests in residential mortgage assets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.31.

The average volume for Apollo Residential Mortgage has been 185,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Residential Mortgage has a market cap of $474.1 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Apollo Residential Mortgage 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 unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. 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 APOLLO RESIDENTIAL MTG INC is currently very high, coming in at 83.11%. Regardless of AMTG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AMTG's net profit margin of 54.46% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $6.52 million or 46.99% 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.
  • 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 greatly underperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income has decreased by 23.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $27.88 million to $21.41 million.

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LRR Energy

Dividend Yield: 9.80%

LRR Energy (NYSE: LRE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.80%.

LRR Energy, L.P., through its subsidiary, LRE Operating, LLC, operates, acquires, exploits, and develops producing oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.54.

The average volume for LRR Energy has been 205,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. LRR Energy has a market cap of $215.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LRR Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 38.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 39.1%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $15.65 million or 2.96% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 2.96%, LRR ENERGY LP is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -53.24%.
  • 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 1025.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.69 million to -$24.94 million.

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Rentech Nitrogen Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.20%

Rentech Nitrogen Partners (NYSE: RNF) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.20%.

Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. produces and sells nitrogen fertilizer products in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, East Dubuque and Pasadena. The company has a P/E ratio of 118.08.

The average volume for Rentech Nitrogen Partners has been 97,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rentech Nitrogen Partners has a market cap of $551.4 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 34.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Rentech Nitrogen Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, RENTECH NITROGEN PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • RENTECH NITROGEN PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, RENTECH NITROGEN PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.03 versus $0.10 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.56 versus -$0.03).
  • RNF has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.25% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 52.67 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, RNF has a quick ratio of 0.61, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

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