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."

Ryman Hospitality Properties

Dividend Yield: 6.20%

Ryman Hospitality Properties

(NYSE:

RHP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.20%.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. owns and operates hotels in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.43.

The average volume for Ryman Hospitality Properties has been 295,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ryman Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Ryman Hospitality Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.0%. 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.
  • RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's earnings per share declined by 38.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's EPS of $2.16 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $2.16. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.91 versus $2.16).
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC has not done very well: it is down 20.46% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 37.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $62.68 million to $38.90 million.

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Cal-Maine Foods

Dividend Yield: 5.80%

Cal-Maine Foods

(NASDAQ:

CALM

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.80%.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. produces, grades, packages, markets, and distributes shell eggs. It offers specialty shell eggs, such as nutritionally enhanced, cage free, organic, and brown eggs under the Egg-Land's Best, Land O' Lake, Farmhouse, and 4-Grain brand names, as well as under private labels. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.11.

The average volume for Cal-Maine Foods has been 871,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cal-Maine Foods has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Cal-Maine Foods

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 44.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • CALM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, CALM has a quick ratio of 2.36, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Food Products industry and the overall market, CAL-MAINE FOODS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 40.78% is the gross profit margin for CAL-MAINE FOODS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.00% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

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Teekay Tankers

Dividend Yield: 12.80%

Teekay Tankers

(NYSE:

TNK

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.80%.

Teekay Tankers Ltd. is engaged in the marine transportation of crude oil and refined petroleum products through the operation of its oil and product tankers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.77.

The average volume for Teekay Tankers has been 2,693,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Teekay Tankers has a market cap of $571.5 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 43% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Teekay Tankers

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • TNK's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 104.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, TEEKAY TANKERS LTD's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 164.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $20.26 million to $53.56 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 428.14% to $26.25 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TEEKAY TANKERS LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -39.38%.
  • 47.46% is the gross profit margin for TEEKAY TANKERS LTD which we consider to be strong. Regardless of TNK's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TNK's net profit margin of 34.55% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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