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 "Sell."

Concurrent Computer

Dividend Yield: 9.30%

Concurrent Computer (NASDAQ: CCUR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.30%.

Concurrent Computer Corporation provides software, hardware, and professional services for real-time markets in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America. It operates through two segments, Products and Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.07.

The average volume for Concurrent Computer has been 34,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Concurrent Computer has a market cap of $47.4 million and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Concurrent Computer as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CCUR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.97% 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.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, CONCURRENT COMPUTER CP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.15 million or 343.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CONCURRENT COMPUTER CP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CONCURRENT COMPUTER CP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.03 versus $2.04 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 25.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 23.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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Sprague Resources

Dividend Yield: 11.80%

Sprague Resources (NYSE: SRLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.80%.

Sprague Resources LP engages in the purchase, storage, distribution, and sale of refined petroleum products and natural gas in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Refined Products, Natural Gas, Materials Handling, and Other Operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.07.

The average volume for Sprague Resources has been 36,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sprague Resources has a market cap of $187.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 14.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sprague Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.05 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.36, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • SRLP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.35% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The gross profit margin for SPRAGUE RESOURCES LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.46%. Regardless of SRLP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SRLP's net profit margin of 1.53% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • SRLP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 37.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • SPRAGUE RESOURCES 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SPRAGUE RESOURCES LP turned its bottom line around by earning $6.07 versus -$1.25 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 44.4% in earnings ($3.38 versus $6.07).

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CM Finance

Dividend Yield: 16.40%

CM Finance (NASDAQ: CMFN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.40%.

CM Finance Inc. is a business development company. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.79.

The average volume for CM Finance has been 34,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. CM Finance has a market cap of $115.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 19.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CM Finance as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 96.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.59 million to $0.17 million.
  • The share price of CM FINANCE INC has not done very well: it is down 15.46% 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. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The gross profit margin for CM FINANCE INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.84%. Regardless of CMFN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CMFN's net profit margin of 1.70% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 119.59% to $7.77 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 119.59%, CM FINANCE INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 276.16%.
  • When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, CM FINANCE INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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