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."

EPR Properties

Dividend Yield: 5.50%

EPR Properties

(NYSE:

EPR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.50%.

EPR Properties is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of United States and Canada. The firm develops, owns, leases and finances properties in select market segments primarily related to entertainment, education and recreation. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.87.

The average volume for EPR Properties has been 402,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. EPR Properties has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

EPR Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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:

  • EPR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. 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.
  • EPR PROPERTIES has improved earnings per share by 20.3% 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. During the past fiscal year, EPR PROPERTIES increased its bottom line by earning $2.93 versus $2.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.03 versus $2.93).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 26.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $42.82 million to $54.18 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $69.08 million or 20.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, EPR PROPERTIES has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.09%.

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Liberty Property

Dividend Yield: 5.30%

Liberty Property

(NYSE:

LPT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.30%.

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 20.05.

The average volume for Liberty Property has been 983,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Liberty Property has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 28.82% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $96.81 million or 7.59% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 11.09%.
  • 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 29.4% in earnings ($1.13 versus $1.60).

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BGC Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.20%

BGC Partners

(NASDAQ:

BGCP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.20%.

BGC Partners, Inc. operates as a brokerage company in the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia, France, other parts of the Americas and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It operates in two segments, Financial Services and Real Estate Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.45.

The average volume for BGC Partners has been 1,078,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. BGC Partners has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

BGC Partners

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 24.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.7%. 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 company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, BGC PARTNERS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BGC PARTNERS INC's earnings per share declined by 16.7% 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, BGC PARTNERS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.49 versus $0.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.87 versus $0.49).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Capital Markets industry average. The net income has decreased by 2.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $14.06 million to $13.66 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BGC PARTNERS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.83%. Regardless of BGCP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BGCP's net profit margin of 2.13% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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