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."

CrossAmerica Partners

Dividend Yield: 11.60%

CrossAmerica Partners

(NYSE:

CAPL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.60%.

CrossAmerica Partners LP operates as a wholesale distributor of motor fuels, and owns and leases real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels in the United States.

The average volume for CrossAmerica Partners has been 97,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. CrossAmerica Partners has a market cap of $511.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 25.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CrossAmerica Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 144.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.16 million to $10.16 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 444.82% to $32.44 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.82%.
  • CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP has improved earnings per share by 38.1% 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, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.22 versus $1.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.34 versus -$0.22).
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.46, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty

Dividend Yield: 12.20%

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty

(NYSE:

BPT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.20%.

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust operates as a grantor trust in the United States. The company holds overriding royalty interest comprising a non-operational interest in minerals in the Prudhoe Bay oil field located on the North Slope of Alaska. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.47.

The average volume for BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty has been 336,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty has a market cap of $423.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 22.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • BPT has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.35, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for BP PRUDHOE BAY ROYALTY TRUST is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. BPT has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BPT's net profit margin of 98.87% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Along with the very weak revenue results, BPT underperformed when compared to the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 51.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BP PRUDHOE BAY ROYALTY TRUST has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BP PRUDHOE BAY ROYALTY TRUST increased its bottom line by earning $10.60 versus $9.04 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 62.1% in earnings ($4.02 versus $10.60).
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 68.47%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 51.48% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

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New Media Investment Group

Dividend Yield: 8.00%

New Media Investment Group

(NYSE:

NEWM

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.00%.

New Media Investment Group Inc. owns, operates, and invests in local media assets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 823.50.

The average volume for New Media Investment Group has been 269,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. New Media Investment Group has a market cap of $736.4 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

New Media Investment Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income 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 disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • NEWM's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 89.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income increased by 229.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$4.71 million to $6.11 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.62, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.93 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, NEW MEDIA INVESTMENT GROUP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • NEWM has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.93% 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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