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."

Annaly Capital Management

Dividend Yield: 11.60%

Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.60%.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 172.00.

The average volume for Annaly Capital Management has been 10,103,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management 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 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 significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 368.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$335.51 million to $900.22 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT is currently very high, coming in at 89.73%. Regardless of NLY's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NLY's net profit margin of 177.72% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, ANNALY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT swung to a loss, reporting -$0.96 versus $3.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.24 versus -$0.96).
  • NLY has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.78% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $456.82 million or 71.02% 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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Coach

Dividend Yield: 4.40%

Coach (NYSE: COH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.40%.

Coach, Inc. provides luxury accessories and lifestyle collections in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.24.

The average volume for Coach has been 4,139,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Coach has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Coach as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for COACH INC is currently very high, coming in at 74.39%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, COH's net profit margin of 1.16% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that COH's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.09 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $186.60 million or 40.96% 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.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 84.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $75.28 million to $11.70 million.

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Retail Properties of America

Dividend Yield: 4.60%

Retail Properties of America (NYSE: RPAI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%.

Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development and management of properties. The trust invests in the real estate markets of United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 111.46.

The average volume for Retail Properties of America has been 893,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Retail Properties of America has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Retail Properties of America as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.15 versus -$0.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.18 versus $0.15).
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $71.86 million or 3.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 16.13%.
  • The gross profit margin for RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.83%. Regardless of RPAI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RPAI's net profit margin of 20.33% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, RPAI has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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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