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 "Buy."

American Campus Communities

Dividend Yield: 4.60%

American Campus Communities

(NYSE:

ACC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%.

American Campus Communities, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily engages in developing, owning, and managing high-quality student housing communities. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.77.

The average volume for American Campus Communities has been 946,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Campus Communities has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

American Campus Communities

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES has improved earnings per share by 16.7% 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. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES increased its bottom line by earning $0.55 versus $0.43 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.58 versus $0.55).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $53.02 million or 1.54% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 15.97%.
  • 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, AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Ryman Hospitality Properties

Dividend Yield: 5.30%

Ryman Hospitality Properties

(NYSE:

RHP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.30%.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. owns and operates hotels in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.55.

The average volume for Ryman Hospitality Properties has been 299,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ryman Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

Ryman Hospitality Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 47.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $27.99 million to $41.39 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $71.74 million or 15.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 15.97%.

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Cedar Fair

Dividend Yield: 5.60%

Cedar Fair

(NYSE:

FUN

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.60%.

Cedar Fair, L.P. owns and operates amusement and water parks, and hotels in the United States and Canada. The company operates approximately 11 amusement parks, 3 outdoor water parks, 1 indoor water park, and 5 hotels. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.71.

The average volume for Cedar Fair has been 174,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cedar Fair has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Cedar Fair

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • FUN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 31.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $43.90 million to $57.58 million.
  • CEDAR FAIR -LP has improved earnings per share by 29.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CEDAR FAIR -LP reported lower earnings of $1.86 versus $1.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.83 versus $1.86).
  • 49.54% is the gross profit margin for CEDAR FAIR -LP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FUN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FUN's net profit margin of 15.25% compares favorably to the industry average.

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