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."

CrossAmerica Partners

Dividend Yield: 11.30%

CrossAmerica Partners

(NYSE:

CAPL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.30%.

CrossAmerica Partners LP operates as a wholesale distributor of motor fuels, and owns and leases real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels in the United States.

The average volume for CrossAmerica Partners has been 97,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. CrossAmerica Partners has a market cap of $527.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CrossAmerica Partners

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 144.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.16 million to $10.16 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 444.82% to $32.44 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.87%.
  • CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP has improved earnings per share by 38.1% 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, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.22 versus $1.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.34 versus -$0.22).
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.46, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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Blueknight Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 12.00%

Blueknight Energy Partners

(NASDAQ:

BKEP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.00%.

Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. provides integrated terminalling, storage, processing, gathering, and transportation services for companies engaged in the production, distribution, and marketing of crude oil and asphalt products in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.50.

The average volume for Blueknight Energy Partners has been 87,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Blueknight Energy Partners has a market cap of $160.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Blueknight Energy Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 23.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $11.27 million to $13.97 million.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • BKEP's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 29.10%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.03 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 0.50, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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Ferrellgas Partners

Dividend Yield: 13.00%

Ferrellgas Partners

(NYSE:

FGP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.00%.

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. distributes and sells propane and related equipment and supplies primarily in the United States. The company transports propane to propane distribution locations, tanks on customers' premises, or to portable propane tanks delivered to retailers.

The average volume for Ferrellgas Partners has been 430,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ferrellgas Partners has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Ferrellgas Partners

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.3%. 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.
  • Compared to other companies in the Gas Utilities industry and the overall market, FERRELLGAS PARTNERS -LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for FERRELLGAS PARTNERS -LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.81%. Regardless of FGP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 21.19 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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