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."

NuStar GP Holdings

Dividend Yield: 9.60%

NuStar GP Holdings

(NYSE:

NSH

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.60%.

NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, through its ownership interests in NuStar Energy L.P., engages in the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia; terminalling and storage of petroleum products; and marketing of petroleum products. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.16.

The average volume for NuStar GP Holdings has been 232,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. NuStar GP Holdings has a market cap of $971.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 30.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

NuStar GP Holdings

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.4%. 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.
  • NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. 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, NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC turned its bottom line around by earning $1.44 versus -$0.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.78 versus $1.44).
  • The gross profit margin for NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. NSH has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NSH's net profit margin of 92.98% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Looking at the price performance of NSH's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 37.89%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 4.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $17.64 million to $16.92 million.

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Capital Product Partners

Dividend Yield: 14.60%

Capital Product Partners

(NASDAQ:

CPLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.60%.

Capital Product Partners L.P., a shipping company, provides marine transportation services in Greece. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.68.

The average volume for Capital Product Partners has been 379,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Capital Product Partners has a market cap of $781.9 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Capital Product Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for CAPITAL PRODUCT PARTNERS LP is rather high; currently it is at 64.75%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 25.88% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.55, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that CPLP's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.30 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • CPLP'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 27.71%, 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. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CAPITAL PRODUCT PARTNERS LP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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TransMontaigne Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.80%

TransMontaigne Partners

(NYSE:

TLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.80%.

TransMontaigne Partners L.P. operates as a terminaling and transportation company. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.19.

The average volume for TransMontaigne Partners has been 43,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. TransMontaigne Partners has a market cap of $435.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TransMontaigne Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 18.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $6.52 million to $7.71 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, TRANSMONTAIGNE PARTNERS LP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • TLP'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 25.93%, 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. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • TLP's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.50 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.

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