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."

Suburban Propane Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.20%

Suburban Propane Partners

(NYSE:

SPH

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.20%.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail marketing and distribution of propane, fuel oil, and refined fuels. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.19.

The average volume for Suburban Propane Partners has been 242,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Suburban Propane Partners has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 42.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Suburban Propane Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 39.48% is the gross profit margin for SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.76% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • SPH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 20.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 32.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Gas Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $70.14 million or 44.48% 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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SunCoke Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 16.50%

SunCoke Energy Partners

(NYSE:

SXCP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.50%.

SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P., a master limited partnership, produces and sells coke used in the blast furnace production of steel in the United States. It operates through two segments, Domestic Coke and Coal Logistics. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.98.

The average volume for SunCoke Energy Partners has been 199,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. SunCoke Energy Partners has a market cap of $664.0 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 96% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

SunCoke Energy Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. 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:

  • SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.88 versus $1.51 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.93 versus $1.88).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 201.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $13.20 million to $39.80 million.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, SXCP has significantly outperformed against the industry average of 45.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for SUNCOKE ENERGY PARTNERS LP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.10%. Regardless of SXCP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, SXCP maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.96, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.

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Teekay Tankers

Dividend Yield: 11.30%

Teekay Tankers

(NYSE:

TNK

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.30%.

Teekay Tankers Ltd. engages in the marine transportation of crude oil and refined petroleum products through the operation of its oil and product tankers worldwide. The company also provides ship-to-ship transfer services. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.36.

The average volume for Teekay Tankers has been 2,157,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Teekay Tankers has a market cap of $496.7 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 53.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Teekay Tankers

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • TNK's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 24.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 53.4%. 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.
  • 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, TEEKAY TANKERS LTD's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for TEEKAY TANKERS LTD is rather high; currently it is at 52.34%. Regardless of TNK's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TNK's net profit margin of 23.63% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 58.05%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 26.47% compared to the year-earlier 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 debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, TNK maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.93, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.

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