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."

Tupperware Brands

Dividend Yield: 5.10%

Tupperware Brands

(NYSE:

TUP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.10%.

Tupperware Brands Corporation operates as a direct-to-consumer marketer of various products across a range of brands and categories worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.22.

The average volume for Tupperware Brands has been 692,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Tupperware Brands has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Tupperware Brands

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow 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 greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Household Durables industry average. The net income increased by 30.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $47.60 million to $62.00 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP has improved earnings per share by 32.3% 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, TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP reported lower earnings of $4.21 versus $5.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.42 versus $4.21).
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $35.90 million or 40.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow TUPPERWARE BRANDS CORP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -89.88%.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.92 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 0.42, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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ONEOK Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.10%

ONEOK Partners

(NYSE:

OKS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.10%.

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 21.29.

The average volume for ONEOK Partners has been 1,167,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. ONEOK Partners has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

ONEOK Partners

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 320.63% to $315.15 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ONEOK PARTNERS -LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.64%.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 34.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 30.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • ONEOK PARTNERS -LP's earnings per share declined by 18.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has managed its earnings and share float. We anticipate this stability to falter in the coming year and, in turn, the company to deliver lower earnings per share than prior full year. During the past fiscal year, ONEOK PARTNERS -LP reported lower earnings of $2.34 versus $2.35 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 29.3% in earnings ($1.66 versus $2.34).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.29, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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AmeriGas Partners

Dividend Yield: 8.30%

AmeriGas Partners

(NYSE:

APU

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.30%.

AmeriGas Partners, L.P. operates as a retail and wholesale distributor of propane gas, and related equipment and supplies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.16.

The average volume for AmeriGas Partners has been 214,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. AmeriGas Partners has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

AmeriGas Partners

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP has improved earnings per share by 21.3% 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, AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.80 versus $1.43 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.39 versus $1.80).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Gas Utilities industry. The net income increased by 32.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$37.76 million to -$25.58 million.
  • APU, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 19.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 22.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $129.08 million or 34.10% 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.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.78 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, APU has a quick ratio of 0.55, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

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