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."

New York REIT

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

New York REIT (NYSE: NYRT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

New York REIT, Inc. focuses on acquiring commercial real estate, as well as acquiring properties or making other real estate investments that relate to office, retail, multi-family residential, industrial, and hotel property types located primarily in New York City. The company has a P/E ratio of 226.40.

The average volume for New York REIT has been 1,802,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. New York REIT has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates New York REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • NYRT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.5%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1654.41% to $16.91 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NEW YORK REIT INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 9.44%.
  • Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, NEW YORK REIT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • NEW YORK REIT 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.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 231.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $9.70 million to -$12.75 million.

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Macquarie Infrastructure

Dividend Yield: 6.80%

Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE: MIC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.80%.

Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and invests in infrastructure businesses that provide services to businesses and individuals primarily in the United States.

The average volume for Macquarie Infrastructure has been 659,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Macquarie Infrastructure has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MIC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.0%. 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 gross profit margin for MACQUARIE INFRASTRUCTURE CP is rather high; currently it is at 56.85%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, MIC's net profit margin of 2.55% significantly trails the industry average.
  • MIC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.77 is weak.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Transportation Infrastructure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 98.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $990.99 million to $10.64 million.
  • 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 Transportation Infrastructure industry and the overall market, MACQUARIE INFRASTRUCTURE CP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Seagate Technology

Dividend Yield: 7.30%

Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.30%.

Seagate Technology Public Limited Company designs, manufactures, and sells electronic data storage products in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and EMEA countries. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.01.

The average volume for Seagate Technology has been 5,151,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Seagate Technology has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are down 46.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Seagate Technology as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $824.00 million or 36.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 4.41%.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 25.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 22.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.50%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.16% significantly trails the industry average.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 91.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $381.00 million to $34.00 million.

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