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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."

CBL & Associates Properties

Dividend Yield: 6.50%

CBL & Associates Properties

(NYSE:

CBL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.50%.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.94.

The average volume for CBL & Associates Properties has been 1,629,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

CBL & Associates Properties

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $105.73 million or 21.60% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 2.12%.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CBL & ASSOCIATES PPTYS INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, CBL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 15.88% 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 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 16.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $55.29 million to $46.16 million.

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ONEOK Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.40%

ONEOK Partners

(NYSE:

OKS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.40%.

ONEOK Partners, L.P. engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. It operates in three segments: Natural Gas Gathering and Processing; Natural Gas Liquids; and Natural Gas Pipelines. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.45.

The average volume for ONEOK Partners has been 994,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. ONEOK Partners has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

ONEOK Partners

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its reasonable valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • OKS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 38.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 42.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for ONEOK PARTNERS -LP is rather low; currently it is at 15.67%. Regardless of OKS's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OKS's net profit margin of 8.06% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ONEOK PARTNERS -LP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $65.12 million or 85.81% 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.

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DHT Holdings

Dividend Yield: 7.80%

DHT Holdings

(NYSE:

DHT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.80%.

DHT Holdings, Inc. operates crude oil tankers in Bermuda. As of March 10, 2015, its fleet consisted of 18 crude oil tankers, including 14 very large crude carriers, 2 Suezmax tankers, and 2 Aframax tankers. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.53.

The average volume for DHT Holdings has been 1,323,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. DHT Holdings has a market cap of $714.9 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

DHT Holdings

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • DHT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 38.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 290.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.94, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.47, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 323.83% to $42.77 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DHT HOLDINGS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -53.24%.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, DHT HOLDINGS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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