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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."

Education Realty

Dividend Yield: 4.50%

Education Realty

(NYSE:

EDR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.50%.

EdR is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. It invests collegiate housing communities. The firm develops, acquires, owns, and manages collegiate housing communities located near university campuses. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.84.

The average volume for Education Realty has been 330,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Education Realty has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Education Realty

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • EDR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.2%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for EDUCATION REALTY TRUST INC is rather low; currently it is at 21.39%. Regardless of EDR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, EDR's net profit margin of 10.84% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • 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 42.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $12.07 million to $6.94 million.

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Parkway Properties

Dividend Yield: 4.30%

Parkway Properties

(NYSE:

PKY

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.30%.

Parkway Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the operation, acquisition, ownership, management, and leasing of office properties. It operates and invests principally in office properties in the southeastern and southwestern United States and Chicago. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.72.

The average volume for Parkway Properties has been 776,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Parkway Properties has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Parkway Properties

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share 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, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • PKY's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PARKWAY PROPERTIES 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PARKWAY PROPERTIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.29 versus -$0.60 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 124.1% in earnings (-$0.07 versus $0.29).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 32.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.85 million to $7.28 million.
  • PKY has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 17.11% 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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Targa Resources Partners

Dividend Yield: 8.20%

Targa Resources Partners

(NYSE:

NGLS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.20%.

Targa Resources Partners LP owns, operates, acquires, and develops midstream energy assets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.25.

The average volume for Targa Resources Partners has been 1,001,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Targa Resources Partners has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Targa Resources Partners

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.79, 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 0.77 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, NGLS has outperformed against the industry average of 38.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 44.51%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 73.07% compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, TARGA RESOURCES PARTNERS LP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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