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: 10.30%

CrossAmerica Partners

(NYSE:

CAPL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.30%.

CrossAmerica Partners LP engages in the wholesale distribution of motor fuels, and ownership and leasing of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels in the United States. It distributes gasoline and diesel fuel to approximately 1,100 sites located in 25 states. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.57.

The average volume for CrossAmerica Partners has been 84,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. CrossAmerica Partners has a market cap of $772.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.26 versus -$0.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.47 versus $0.26).
  • 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 159.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.97 million to $1.77 million.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • CAPL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 13.74% from its price level of one year ago. 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 debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.02 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.48, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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Dorchester Minerals

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

Dorchester Minerals

(NASDAQ:

DMLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%.

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. engages in the acquisition, ownership, and administration of producing and nonproducing natural gas and crude oil royalty, net profits, and leasehold interests in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.01.

The average volume for Dorchester Minerals has been 43,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dorchester Minerals has a market cap of $448.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 51% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Dorchester Minerals

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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • DMLP 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 16.81, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP is currently very high, coming in at 91.72%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 24.45% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • DMLP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 24.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 30.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP reported lower earnings of $0.42 versus $1.42 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $4.47 million or 55.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP has marginally lower results.

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Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 13.30%

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

(NYSE:

NAP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.30%.

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. owns, operates, and acquires crude oil tankers, refined petroleum product tankers, chemical tankers, and liquefied petroleum gas tankers under long-term employment contracts. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.55.

The average volume for Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has been 61,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has a market cap of $257.5 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 24.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 44.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, NAVIOS MARITIME MIDSTR PN LP's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • NAP's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 8.76 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • NAVIOS MARITIME MIDSTR PN LP has improved earnings per share by 9.1% 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NAVIOS MARITIME MIDSTR PN LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.35 versus $0.14 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 2.5% in earnings ($1.32 versus $1.35).
  • NAP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.56% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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