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 "Sell."

Credit Suisse Group

Dividend Yield: 5.70%

Credit Suisse Group

(NYSE:

CS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.70%.

Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to private, corporate, institutional, government clients, and high-net-worth individuals, as well as affluent and retail clients worldwide.

The average volume for Credit Suisse Group has been 2,531,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Credit Suisse Group has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 38% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Credit Suisse Group

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1008.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $648.19 million to -$5,889.99 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP's return on equity significantly trails 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 45.12%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 965.78% 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.
  • CREDIT SUISSE GROUP 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP swung to a loss, reporting -$1.56 versus $1.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.84 versus -$1.56).
  • CS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 22.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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Brixmor Property Group

Dividend Yield: 4.20%

Brixmor Property Group

(NYSE:

BRX

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.20%.

Brixmor Property Group Inc. owns and operates various grocery-anchored community and neighborhood shopping centers in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.61.

The average volume for Brixmor Property Group has been 1,973,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Brixmor Property Group has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TST Recommends

Brixmor Property Group

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • BRX is off 10.59% from its price level of one year ago, reflecting the general market trend and ignoring their higher earnings per share 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $140.53 million or 8.53% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 8.53%, BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP INC is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -73.46%.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 43.85% is the gross profit margin for BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 17.16% trails the industry average.
  • BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, BRIXMOR PROPERTY GROUP INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.36 versus -$0.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.60 versus $0.36).

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Time

Dividend Yield: 5.50%

Time

(NYSE:

TIME

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.50%.

Time Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a media company that publishes magazines in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally.

The average volume for Time has been 1,238,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Time has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Time

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 88.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $145.00 million to $17.00 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, TIME INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $27.00 million or 75.67% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 42.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 88.63% 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.
  • TIME INC 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TIME INC swung to a loss, reporting -$8.01 versus $0.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.49 versus -$8.01).

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