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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."

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan

Dividend Yield: 5.30%

Potash Corp of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.30%.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells fertilizers and related industrial and feed products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Potash, Nitrogen, and Phosphate. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.48.

The average volume for Potash Corp of Saskatchewan has been 4,079,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Potash Corp of Saskatchewan has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 18.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Potash Corp of Saskatchewan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Chemicals industry average. The net income increased by 8.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $340.00 million to $370.00 million.
  • 44.68% is the gross profit margin for POTASH CORP SASK INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.22% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.47, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that POT's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.68, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • POT has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 21.76% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $521.00 million or 3.33% 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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BGC Partners

Dividend Yield: 6.20%

BGC Partners (NASDAQ: BGCP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.20%.

BGC Partners, Inc. operates as a brokerage company in the United Kingdom, the United States, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Financial Services and Real Estate Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 224.25.

The average volume for BGC Partners has been 1,110,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. BGC Partners has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BGC Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 75.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $8.01 million to $14.06 million.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for BGC PARTNERS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 6.61%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.56% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$52.35 million or 81903.12% 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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CyrusOne

Dividend Yield: 4.20%

CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.20%.

CyrusOne Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, operates, and develops enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, and multi-tenant data center properties.

The average volume for CyrusOne has been 716,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. CyrusOne has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CyrusOne as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CONE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.6%. 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.
  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 21.03% over the past twelve months. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • CYRUSONE INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. 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, CYRUSONE INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.25 versus -$1.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.16 versus -$0.25).
  • The gross profit margin for CYRUSONE INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.25%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -5.01% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $33.30 million or 12.13% 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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