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."

Credit Suisse Group

Dividend Yield: 4.70%

Credit Suisse Group (NYSE: CS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.70%.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services worldwide. It operates through Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, Global Markets, and Investment Banking & Capital Markets segments.

The average volume for Credit Suisse Group has been 3,222,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $30.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 29.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Credit Suisse Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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 1008.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $648.19 million to -$5,889.99 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 41.44%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 965.78% compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
  • CREDIT SUISSE GROUP 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, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP swung to a loss, reporting -$1.56 versus $1.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.93 versus -$1.56).
  • CS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 22.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 23.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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EnLink Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.70%

EnLink Midstream Partners (NYSE: ENLK) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.70%.

EnLink Midstream Partners, LP, through its subsidiary, EnLink Midstream Operating, LP, provides midstream energy services.

The average volume for EnLink Midstream Partners has been 1,151,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. EnLink Midstream Partners has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates EnLink Midstream Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 878.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $91.70 million to -$714.00 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ENLINK MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ENLINK MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP is rather low; currently it is at 18.87%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -66.94% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 45.34%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1133.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
  • ENLINK MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP 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, ENLINK MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$4.29 versus $0.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.29 versus -$4.29).

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NextEra Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 4.40%

NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE: NEP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.40%.

NextEra Energy Partners, LP acquires, owns, and operates contracted clean energy projects. It owns interests in wind and solar projects in North America, as well as in seven contracted natural gas pipeline assets in Texas. The company has a P/E ratio of 104.11.

The average volume for NextEra Energy Partners has been 370,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. NextEra Energy Partners has a market cap of $863.2 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates NextEra Energy Partners as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.73 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, NEP's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.32, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 34.19% over the past year. 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.
  • NEXTERA ENERGY PARTNERS LP has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. 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, NEXTERA ENERGY PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $0.34 versus $0.17 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.15 versus $0.34).
  • The company has increased its net income during the last reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. However, since the company had zero dollars in net income for the prior period, we are unable to calculate a percent change in order to compare its growth rate with that of its industry average.
  • Compared to other companies in the Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, NEXTERA ENERGY PARTNERS LP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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