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: 5.30%

Ryman Hospitality Properties

(NYSE:

RHP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.30%.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. owns and operates hotels in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.85.

The average volume for Ryman Hospitality Properties has been 284,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ryman Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 47.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $27.99 million to $41.39 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the 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 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.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $71.74 million or 15.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 16.24%.

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DHT Holdings

Dividend Yield: 7.40%

DHT Holdings

(NYSE:

DHT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.40%.

DHT Holdings, Inc. operates crude oil tankers in Bermuda. As of March 10, 2015, its fleet consisted of 18 crude oil tankers, including 14 very large crude carriers, 2 Suezmax tankers, and 2 Aframax tankers. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.34.

The average volume for DHT Holdings has been 1,586,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. DHT Holdings has a market cap of $754.9 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

DHT Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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:

  • DHT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 34.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 327.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 283.33% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 38.69% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • DHT HOLDINGS INC 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, DHT HOLDINGS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.08 versus -$0.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.98 versus $0.08).
  • 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 375.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$8.06 million to $22.19 million.
  • The gross profit margin for DHT HOLDINGS INC is rather high; currently it is at 65.22%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 26.77% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

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National Health Investors

Dividend Yield: 5.50%

National Health Investors

(NYSE:

NHI

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.50%.

National Health Investors Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The firm invests in the health care properties primarily in the long-term care and senior housing industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.33.

The average volume for National Health Investors has been 274,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. National Health Investors has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

National Health Investors

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 26.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • NATIONAL HEALTH INVESTORS has improved earnings per share by 9.2% 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, NATIONAL HEALTH INVESTORS increased its bottom line by earning $3.03 versus $2.76 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.34 versus $3.03).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $41.43 million or 26.53% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 16.24%.
  • The gross profit margin for NATIONAL HEALTH INVESTORS is currently very high, coming in at 76.47%. Regardless of NHI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NHI's net profit margin of 55.65% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 23.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $25.30 million to $31.18 million.

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