NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you're looking for something to buy during times of market turbulence, we have you covered.

TheStreet Quant Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary quant-based stock-rating tool, rates every one of these stocks an A+ or an A, a five-star dividend yield and shareholder payouts. These stocks were chosen from 4,300 different types of equities we rate.

TheStreet Ratings projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 32 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 16.56% return in 2014, beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Check out which stocks made the list. And when you're done, be sure to read about which safe, A+ rated stocks you should buy now. Year-to-date returns are based on August 28, 2015 closing prices.

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4. Highway Holdings Limited (HIHO - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A
Market Cap: $14.1 million
Year-to-date return: 32.9%

Highway Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells metal, plastic, electric, and electronic components, subassemblies, and finished products for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and contract manufacturers.

"We rate HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LTD (HIHO) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 15.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • HIHO has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.98, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LTD has improved earnings per share by 14.3% 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, HIGHWAY HOLDINGS LTD increased its bottom line by earning $0.31 versus $0.16 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income increased by 18.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.26 million to $0.30 million.

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3. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. (AB - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A
Market Cap: $2.8 billion
Year-to-date return: 5.8%

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. is publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides research services to its clients.

"We rate ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP (AB) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • AB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP has improved earnings per share by 9.1% 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.86 versus $1.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.98 versus $1.86).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 12.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $42.85 million to $48.22 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $39.46 million or 27.10% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -433.20%.
  • The gross profit margin for ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. AB has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AB's net profit margin of 88.63% significantly outperformed against the industry.
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2. Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc. (LOAN - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $26.9 million
Year-to-date return: -7.7%

Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc., a real estate finance company, originates, services, and manages a portfolio of first mortgage loans in the United States.

"We rate MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC (LOAN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 44.8%. 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 MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC is currently very high, coming in at 76.43%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 58.11% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $0.48 million or 21.66% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 15.56%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Financial Services industry. The net income increased by 25.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.42 million to $0.53 million.
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1. Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $2.4 billion
Year-to-date return: 15.5%

Northern Tier Energy LP, an independent downstream energy company, engages in refining, retail, and pipeline operations in the United States. It operates through two segments, Refining and Retail.

"We rate NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP (NTI) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP increased its bottom line by earning $2.60 versus $2.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.01 versus $2.60).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 122.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $57.90 million to $128.90 million.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 91.56% to $120.30 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -20.54%.