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 "Hold."

Brandywine Realty

Dividend Yield: 4.60%

Brandywine Realty

(NYSE:

BDN

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%.

Brandywine Realty Trust is a publically owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in office, mixed-use, and industrial properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 99.38.

The average volume for Brandywine Realty has been 2,020,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Brandywine Realty has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 18.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Brandywine Realty

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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 129.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $8.77 million to $20.15 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.18 versus -$0.01).
  • The gross profit margin for BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST is rather low; currently it is at 22.88%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 13.28% significantly trails the industry average.
  • BDN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 14.98% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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Apollo Global Management

Dividend Yield: 7.90%

Apollo Global Management

(NYSE:

APO

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.90%.

Apollo Global Management, LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. It primarily provides its services to endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The firm manages client focused portfolios. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.75.

The average volume for Apollo Global Management has been 942,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Global Management has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

Apollo Global Management

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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 Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 1757.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $2.21 million to $41.05 million.
  • APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC reported lower earnings of $0.64 versus $3.97 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.32 versus $0.64).
  • APO, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for APOLLO GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC is rather low; currently it is at 19.18%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 21.24% is above that of the industry average.
  • APO has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 20.61% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

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Philip Morris International

Dividend Yield: 4.90%

Philip Morris International

(NYSE:

PM

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.90%.

Philip Morris International Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, other tobacco products, and other nicotine-containing products. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.94.

The average volume for Philip Morris International has been 4,276,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Philip Morris International has a market cap of $129.2 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Philip Morris International

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL is rather high; currently it is at 67.98%. 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 28.03% trails the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 14.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that PM'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. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Tobacco industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 9.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2,155.00 million to $1,942.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $2,693.00 million or 9.17% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL has marginally lower results.

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