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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."

Garmin

Dividend Yield: 4.80%

Garmin

(NASDAQ:

GRMN

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.80%.

Garmin Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets hand-held, wrist-based, and portable and fixed-mount global positioning system (GPS) enabled products; and other navigation, communication, and information products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.22.

The average volume for Garmin has been 1,444,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Garmin has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Garmin

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.4%. 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.
  • GRMN 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. To add to this, GRMN has a quick ratio of 2.27, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity 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. When compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, GARMIN LTD's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 25.04%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 42.62% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

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Government Properties Income

Dividend Yield: 9.60%

Government Properties Income

(NYSE:

GOV

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.60%.

Government Properties Income Trust is an equity real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The trust invests in the real estate markets of United States. It engages in investment, operation and maintenance of real estate assets. The company has a P/E ratio of 112.38.

The average volume for Government Properties Income has been 859,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Government Properties Income has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Government Properties Income

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.3%. 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 company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, GOVERNMENT PPTYS INCOME TR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • GOVERNMENT PPTYS INCOME TR 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GOVERNMENT PPTYS INCOME TR reported lower earnings of $0.87 versus $1.02 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 12.6% in earnings ($0.76 versus $0.87).
  • 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 319.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $15.19 million to -$33.37 million.

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Total

Dividend Yield: 5.60%

Total

(NYSE:

TOT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.60%.

TOTAL S.A. operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Refining & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services.

The average volume for Total has been 1,233,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Total has a market cap of $109.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Total

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.58, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.81 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 38.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 32.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 20.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3,335.00 million to $2,663.00 million.
  • 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, TOTAL SA's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Looking at the price performance of TOT's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 29.50%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

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