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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 and 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."

Entergy

Dividend Yield: 5.20%

Entergy

(NYSE:

ETR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.20%.

Entergy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the electric power production and retail electric distribution operations in the United States. The company generates electricity through various sources, such as gas/oil, nuclear, coal, and hydro power. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.07.

The average volume for Entergy has been 1,688,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Entergy has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Entergy

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • ETR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.5%. 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 where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Electric Utilities industry and the overall market, ENTERGY CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ENTERGY CORP is rather low; currently it is at 22.55%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 5.62% trails that of the industry average.

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PBF Energy Inc Class A

Dividend Yield: 4.40%

PBF Energy Inc Class A

(NYSE:

PBF

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.40%.

PBF Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the refining and supply of petroleum products. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.72.

The average volume for PBF Energy Inc Class A has been 1,094,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. PBF Energy Inc Class A has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 14% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PBF Energy Inc Class A

TheStreet Recommends

as a

hold

. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 3.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • PBF ENERGY 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, PBF ENERGY INC reported lower earnings of $1.35 versus $37.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.06 versus $1.35).
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 88.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $264.26 million to $31.16 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $148.75 million or 56.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, PBF ENERGY INC has marginally lower results.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 32.40%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 93.90% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

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Retail Properties of America

Dividend Yield: 4.80%

Retail Properties of America

(NYSE:

RPAI

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.80%.

Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development and management of properties. The trust invests in the real estate markets of United States.

The average volume for Retail Properties of America has been 1,472,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Retail Properties of America has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Retail Properties of America

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • RPAI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.0%. 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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 162.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $14.12 million to $37.09 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.78%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 24.69% trails that of the industry average.

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