3 Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks Leading The Pack: CLCT, PFLT, AB

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."

Collectors Universe

Dividend Yield: 7.20%

Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.20%.

Collectors Universe Inc. provides third-party authentication, grading, and related services for rare and high-value collectibles consisting of coins, trading cards, sports memorabilia, and autographs. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.40.

The average volume for Collectors Universe has been 25,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Collectors Universe has a market cap of $173.4 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 25.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Collectors Universe as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CLCT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CLCT has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.21, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Diversified Consumer Services industry and the overall market, COLLECTORS UNIVERSE INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for COLLECTORS UNIVERSE INC is rather high; currently it is at 65.99%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.03% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $3.76 million or 1.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 1.04%, COLLECTORS UNIVERSE INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 86.14%.

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PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Dividend Yield: 9.40%

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital (NASDAQ: PFLT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.40%.

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. is a business development company. It seeks to make secondary direct, debt, equity, and loan investments. The fund seeks to invest through floating rate loans in private or thinly traded or small market-cap, public middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.76.

The average volume for PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has been 87,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has a market cap of $323.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates PennantPark Floating Rate Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. 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 revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 24.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 42.1%. 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 PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP is currently very high, coming in at 73.92%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 21.46% is above that of the industry average.
  • PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP 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 suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP reported lower earnings of $0.82 versus $1.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.00 versus $0.82).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 60.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.13 million to $2.44 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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AllianceBernstein

Dividend Yield: 8.50%

AllianceBernstein (NYSE: AB) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.50%.

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 10.41.

The average volume for AllianceBernstein has been 254,800 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 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates AllianceBernstein as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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 revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 24.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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, ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 21.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $45.59 million to $55.55 million.
  • 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 90.86% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP has improved earnings per share by 24.4% 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, ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.89 versus $1.86 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 4.2% in earnings ($1.81 versus $1.89).

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