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." Physicians RealtyDividend Yield: 4.90%Physicians Realty (NYSE: DOC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.90%. Physicians Realty Trust, a self-managed healthcare real estate company, focuses on the acquisition, development, ownership, and management of healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals, and healthcare delivery systems. The company has a P/E ratio of 122.27. The average volume for Physicians Realty has been 1,660,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Physicians Realty has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 Physicians Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • DOC's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 105.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PHYSICIANS REALTY TR 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PHYSICIANS REALTY TR turned its bottom line around by earning $0.14 versus -$0.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.28 versus $0.14).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 224.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.71 million to $5.54 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 236.76% to $19.70 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PHYSICIANS REALTY TR has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -64.29%.
  • 39.52% is the gross profit margin for PHYSICIANS REALTY TR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of DOC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, DOC's net profit margin of 13.71% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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Liberty Property

Dividend Yield: 5.40%

Liberty Property

(NYSE:

LPT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.40%. Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.79. The average volume for Liberty Property has been 997,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Liberty Property has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Liberty Property

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 86.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $30.95 million to $57.55 million.
  • 45.95% is the gross profit margin for LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, LPT's net profit margin of 28.82% significantly trails the industry average.
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that LPT's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST 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, LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST increased its bottom line by earning $1.60 versus $1.15 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 37.8% in earnings ($1.00 versus $1.60).

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AmeriGas Partners

Dividend Yield: 8.70%

AmeriGas Partners

(NYSE:

APU

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.70%. AmeriGas Partners, L.P. distributes propane and related equipment and supplies in the United States. It serves approximately 2 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, wholesale, and motor fuel customers in 50 states through approximately 2,000 propane distribution locations. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.80. The average volume for AmeriGas Partners has been 235,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. AmeriGas Partners has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 24.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

AmeriGas Partners

as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. 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 gross profit margin for AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP is rather high; currently it is at 63.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 29.71% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP's earnings per share declined by 19.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP reported lower earnings of $0.69 versus $1.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.32 versus $0.69).
  • APU, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 22.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 24.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, APU has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 11.11% from its price level of one year ago. Despite the decline in its share price over the last year, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays compensate for this.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Gas Utilities industry average. The net income has decreased by 24.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $326.06 million to $245.91 million.

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