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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."

Valley National Bancorp

Dividend Yield: 4.50%

Valley National Bancorp (NYSE: VLY) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.50%.

Valley National Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for the Valley National Bank that provides commercial, retail, and trust and investment services. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.40.

The average volume for Valley National Bancorp has been 2,138,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Valley National Bancorp has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valley National Bancorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 8.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $31.31 million to $33.84 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP is currently very high, coming in at 75.07%. Regardless of VLY's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 19.60% trails the industry average.
  • VLY, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $35.20 million or 12.73% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 12.73%, VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -98.56%.

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Icahn

Dividend Yield: 6.00%

Icahn (NASDAQ: IEP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.00%.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. is engaged in the investment, automotive, energy, metals, railcar, gaming, food packaging, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States and Internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.32.

The average volume for Icahn has been 113,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Icahn has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Icahn as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, IEP's share price has jumped by 42.61%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP 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. 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, ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP increased its bottom line by earning $8.98 versus $3.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($9.41 versus $8.98).
  • The gross profit margin for ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP is rather low; currently it is at 20.18%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.58% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$802.00 million or 2056.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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Greenhill

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

Greenhill (NYSE: GHL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

Greenhill & Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an independent investment bank for corporations, partnerships, institutions, and governments worldwide. The company provides financial advice on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings, and capital raising. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.76.

The average volume for Greenhill has been 490,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Greenhill has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Greenhill as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and premium valuation.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $22.38 million or 38.29% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GREENHILL & CO INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -105.01%.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 0.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 45.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • GREENHILL & CO 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GREENHILL & CO INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.56 versus $1.38 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 4.7% in earnings ($1.49 versus $1.56).
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 98.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $13.62 million to $0.24 million.
  • The share price of GREENHILL & CO INC has not done very well: it is down 5.72% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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