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."

Guess

Dividend Yield: 4.90%

Guess

(NYSE:

GES

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.90%.

Guess , Inc. designs, markets, distributes, and licenses lifestyle collections of contemporary apparel and accessories for men, women, and children that reflect the American lifestyle and European fashion sensibilities. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.74.

The average volume for Guess has been 1,311,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Guess has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Guess

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, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • GES's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, GES has a quick ratio of 1.83, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 35.17% is the gross profit margin for GUESS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of GES's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.52% trails 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 40.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $20.79 million to $12.44 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, GUESS INC'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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Two Harbors Investment

Dividend Yield: 13.70%

Two Harbors Investment

(NYSE:

TWO

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.70%.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.31.

The average volume for Two Harbors Investment has been 3,249,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Two Harbors Investment

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$584.29 million or 4.07% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, TWO HARBORS INVESTMENT CORP's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 7.99%.
  • The gross profit margin for TWO HARBORS INVESTMENT CORP is currently very high, coming in at 81.30%. Regardless of TWO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TWO's net profit margin of -16.97% significantly underperformed when compared to 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 118.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $193.59 million to -$34.79 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, TWO HARBORS INVESTMENT CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Senior Housing Properties

Dividend Yield: 10.60%

Senior Housing Properties

(NYSE:

SNH

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.60%.

Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.63.

The average volume for Senior Housing Properties has been 2,401,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Senior Housing Properties

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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.6%. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 3.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $37.11 million to $38.25 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, SENIOR HOUSING PPTYS TRUST's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SENIOR HOUSING PPTYS TRUST is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.61%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 14.98% significantly trails the industry average.

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