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."

Tupperware Brands

Dividend Yield: 4.90%

Tupperware Brands

(NYSE:

TUP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.90%.

Tupperware Brands Corporation operates as a direct-to-consumer marketer of various products across a range of brands and categories worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.28.

The average volume for Tupperware Brands has been 602,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Tupperware Brands has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Tupperware Brands

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP is rather high; currently it is at 69.88%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.94% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $48.10 million or 6.65% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 6.65%, TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 158.40%.
  • TUP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 13.18% 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 7.18 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 0.44, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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Medical Properties

Dividend Yield: 7.80%

Medical Properties

(NYSE:

MPW

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.80%.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It acquires, develops, and invests in healthcare facilities; and leases healthcare facilities to healthcare operating companies and healthcare providers. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.61.

The average volume for Medical Properties has been 2,236,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Medical Properties has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Medical Properties

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 40.4%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for MEDICAL PROPERTIES TRUST is currently very high, coming in at 81.10%. Regardless of MPW'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 20.04% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $44.74 million or 1.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • 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 decreased by 19.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $28.54 million to $23.06 million.

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Copa Holdings

Dividend Yield: 7.00%

Copa Holdings

(NYSE:

CPA

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.00%.

Copa Holdings, S.A. provides airline passenger and cargo services in Latin America. It offers services within Colombia; and international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.53.

The average volume for Copa Holdings has been 785,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Copa Holdings has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 55% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Copa Holdings

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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.60, 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.
  • CPA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.5%. 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 49.88%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 90.60% 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.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Airlines industry and the overall market, COPA HOLDINGS SA's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for COPA HOLDINGS SA is rather low; currently it is at 15.72%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.13% significantly trails the industry average.

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