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."

Triangle Capital

Dividend Yield: 10.50%

Triangle Capital (NYSE: TCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.50%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.23.

The average volume for Triangle Capital has been 143,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital has a market cap of $689.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Triangle Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TCAP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.44 versus $1.04 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.11 versus $1.44).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 118.40% to $7.19 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 149.14%.
  • 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, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • TCAP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 14.08% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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WhiteHorse Finance

Dividend Yield: 13.80%

WhiteHorse Finance (NASDAQ: WHF) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.80%.

Whitehorse Finance, LLC is a business development company. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.97.

The average volume for WhiteHorse Finance has been 34,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. WhiteHorse Finance has a market cap of $188.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates WhiteHorse Finance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.4%. 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 WHITEHORSE FINANCE INC is currently very high, coming in at 73.88%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -123.82% is in-line with the industry average.
  • WHITEHORSE FINANCE INC 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, WHITEHORSE FINANCE INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.18 versus $1.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.42 versus -$0.18).
  • 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 511.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.59 million to -$14.78 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, WHITEHORSE FINANCE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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AllianceBernstein

Dividend Yield: 8.80%

AllianceBernstein (NYSE: AB) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.80%.

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. is publicly owned investment manager. The firm also provides research services to its clients. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.66.

The average volume for AllianceBernstein has been 297,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. AllianceBernstein has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates AllianceBernstein as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 89.90% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • AB, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Looking at the price performance of AB's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 25.92%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $43.00 million or 0.55% 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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