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 "Buy."

Manhattan Bridge Capital

Dividend Yield: 8.10%

Manhattan Bridge Capital (NASDAQ: LOAN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.10%.

Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc., a real estate finance company, originates, services, and manages a portfolio of first mortgage loans in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.16.

The average volume for Manhattan Bridge Capital has been 23,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Manhattan Bridge Capital has a market cap of $30.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Manhattan Bridge Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels 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 ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 15.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 43.33% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, LOAN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC has improved earnings per share by 12.5% 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, MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.29 versus $0.15 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC is currently very high, coming in at 77.79%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 61.97% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

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Gladstone Capital

Dividend Yield: 9.70%

Gladstone Capital (NASDAQ: GLAD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.70%.

Gladstone Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in debt and equity securities. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.38.

The average volume for Gladstone Capital has been 140,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Capital has a market cap of $183.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gladstone Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 116.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$20.18 million to $3.31 million.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market, GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 71.98%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 33.28% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 56.36% to $17.38 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 56.36%, GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 272.40%.
  • GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP 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, GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP reported lower earnings of $0.53 versus $1.53 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.84 versus $0.53).

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Horizon Technology Finance

Dividend Yield: 11.50%

Horizon Technology Finance (NASDAQ: HRZN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.50%.

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, a specialty finance company, lends to and invests in development-stage companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.86.

The average volume for Horizon Technology Finance has been 55,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Horizon Technology Finance has a market cap of $140.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Horizon Technology Finance as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.9%. 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 HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE is rather high; currently it is at 65.30%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 41.97% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market, HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE's earnings per share declined by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE increased its bottom line by earning $1.60 versus $0.37 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 22.2% in earnings ($1.25 versus $1.60).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Capital Markets industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 25.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.76 million to $3.54 million.

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