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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."

Select Income REIT

Dividend Yield: 6.00%

Select Income REIT (NYSE: SIR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.00%.

Select Income REIT, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily owns and invests in single tenant and net leased properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.93.

The average volume for Select Income REIT has been 726,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Select Income REIT has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Select Income REIT as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. At the same time, however, 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:
  • SIR's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 78.5%. 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.
  • The share price of SELECT INCOME REIT has not done very well: it is down 24.79% 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. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • SELECT INCOME REIT 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SELECT INCOME REIT reported lower earnings of $1.91 versus $2.11 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 34.0% in earnings ($1.26 versus $1.91).
  • 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 on the basis of return on equity, SELECT INCOME REIT underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SELECT INCOME REIT is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.54%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.20% significantly trails the industry average.

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