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The following pages contain our analysis of 3 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Sell." USA Compression Partners Dividend Yield: 14.20% USA Compression Partners (NYSE: USAC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.20%. USA Compression Partners, LP provides natural gas compression services under term contracts with customers in the oil and gas industry in the United States. It engineers, designs, operates, services, and repairs its compression units and maintains related support inventory and equipment. The average volume for USA Compression Partners has been 183,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. USA Compression Partners has a market cap of $780.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 27.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreet Ratings rates USA Compression Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1978.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.50 million to -$159.63 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, USAC has a quick ratio of 0.51, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS LP'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 36.50%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1777.77% 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.
  • USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS 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, USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$2.93 versus $0.57 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.55 versus -$2.93).
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Atlas Resource Partners Dividend Yield: 19.20% Atlas Resource Partners (NYSE: ARP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 19.20%. Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. operates as an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. It operates through three segments: Gas and Oil Production, Well Construction and Completion, and Other Partnership Management. The average volume for Atlas Resource Partners has been 735,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlas Resource Partners has a market cap of $79.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 22.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreet Ratings rates Atlas Resource Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $71.50 million or 40.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP has marginally lower results.
  • ARP's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 92.39%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 34.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP 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, ATLAS RESOURCE PARTNERS LP reported poor results of -$8.15 versus -$7.74 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.56 versus -$8.15).
  • 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 50.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$579.53 million to -$288.72 million.
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CONE Midstream Partners Dividend Yield: 7.10% CONE Midstream Partners (NYSE: CNNX) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%. CONE Midstream Partners LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires natural gas gathering and other midstream energy assets in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.57. The average volume for CONE Midstream Partners has been 206,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. CONE Midstream Partners has a market cap of $809.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 43.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreet Ratings rates CONE Midstream Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CNNX has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.78% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $16.75 million or 24.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow CONE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -38.88%.
  • CNNX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.77 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for CONE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP is rather high; currently it is at 69.72%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 38.21% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • CONE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP has improved earnings per share by 46.1% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CONE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.20 versus $0.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.40 versus $1.20).
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