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."

World Point Terminals

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

World Point Terminals

(NYSE:

WPT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

World Point Terminals, LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires terminals and other assets for the storage of light refined products, heavy refined products, and crude oil in the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Midwest regions of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.15.

The average volume for World Point Terminals has been 31,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. World Point Terminals has a market cap of $551.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

World Point Terminals

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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • WPT 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 3.14, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, WORLD POINT TERMINALS's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, WPT has outperformed against the industry average of 24.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • WPT has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.93% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $11.58 million or 10.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow WORLD POINT TERMINALS is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -49.95%.

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Enable Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.40%

Enable Midstream Partners

(NYSE:

ENBL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.40%.

Enable Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates, and develops gas and crude oil infrastructure assets in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gathering and Processing, and Transportation and Storage.

The average volume for Enable Midstream Partners has been 399,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Enable Midstream Partners has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 45.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Enable Midstream Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, 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:

  • 36.15% is the gross profit margin for ENABLE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.89% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, 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 1.00 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 24.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ENABLE MIDSTREAM 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $117.00 million or 37.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow ENABLE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -49.95%.

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Marine Petroleum

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

Marine Petroleum

(NASDAQ:

MARPS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%.

Marine Petroleum Trust, together with its subsidiary, Marine Petroleum Corporation, operates as a royalty trust in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.10.

The average volume for Marine Petroleum has been 1,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Marine Petroleum has a market cap of $8.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Marine Petroleum

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 and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • MARPS 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.
  • The gross profit margin for MARINE PETROLEUM TRUST is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. MARPS has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MARPS's net profit margin of 81.81% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • MARPS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 24.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 38.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's 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 52.14%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 47.05% 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.
  • MARINE PETROLEUM TRUST's earnings per share declined by 47.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, MARINE PETROLEUM TRUST reported lower earnings of $0.94 versus $1.41 in the prior year.

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