Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks: Top 3 Companies: DFT, GSK, ORI

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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 "Buy."

Dupont Fabros Technology

Dividend Yield: 5.20%

Dupont Fabros Technology (NYSE: DFT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.20%.

DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, operation, management, and lease of large-scale data center facilities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.35.

The average volume for Dupont Fabros Technology has been 604,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dupont Fabros Technology has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Dupont Fabros Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, DFT's share price has jumped by 26.34%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, DFT should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.1%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $49.09 million or 10.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -0.03%.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, DUPONT FABROS TECHNOLOGY INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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GlaxoSmithKline

Dividend Yield: 5.10%

GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.10%.

GlaxoSmithKline plc creates, discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products, including vaccines, over-the-counter medicines, and health-related consumer products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.42.

The average volume for GlaxoSmithKline has been 3,519,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. GlaxoSmithKline has a market cap of $108.4 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates GlaxoSmithKline as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC is currently very high, coming in at 71.15%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, GSK's net profit margin of 16.06% significantly trails the industry average.
  • GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC 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. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC reported lower earnings of $1.77 versus $3.68 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($90.71 versus $1.77).
  • GSK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 35.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC has not done very well: it is down 18.49% 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, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.

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Old Republic International Corporation

Dividend Yield: 4.80%

Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.80%.

Old Republic International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the insurance underwriting and related services business primarily in the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.72.

The average volume for Old Republic International Corporation has been 1,146,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Old Republic International Corporation has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Old Republic International Corporation as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Although ORI's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The share price of OLD REPUBLIC INTL CORP has not done very well: it is down 9.09% 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, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.
  • OLD REPUBLIC INTL CORP's earnings per share declined by 46.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, OLD REPUBLIC INTL CORP reported lower earnings of $1.44 versus $1.57 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 21.5% in earnings ($1.13 versus $1.44).
  • 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 Insurance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 46.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $194.40 million to $103.40 million.

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