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."

ConocoPhillips

Dividend Yield: 6.30%

ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.30%.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide.

The average volume for ConocoPhillips has been 8,613,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $58.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 30.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a hold. 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. 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:
  • COP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 39.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.83 is weak.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 31.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 166.41% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The gross profit margin for CONOCOPHILLIPS is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.54%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -14.74% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1,934.00 million or 53.73% 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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National Oilwell Varco

Dividend Yield: 5.40%

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.40%.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling, completion, and production; and provides oilfield services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.32.

The average volume for National Oilwell Varco has been 5,247,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. National Oilwell Varco has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 47.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates National Oilwell Varco as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • NOV's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 1.00 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • NOV, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 30.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 40.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $410.00 million or 21.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC has marginally lower results.
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 77.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $699.00 million to $155.00 million.

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Sabra Health Care REIT

Dividend Yield: 8.10%

Sabra Health Care REIT (NASDAQ: SBRA) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.10%.

Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. The company, through its subsidiaries, owns and invests in real estate properties for the healthcare industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.51.

The average volume for Sabra Health Care REIT has been 522,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sabra Health Care REIT has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 32% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sabra Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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 revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 36.3%. 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.
  • SABRA HEALTH CARE REIT INC's earnings per share declined by 22.6% 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, SABRA HEALTH CARE REIT INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.69 versus $0.67 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.06 versus $0.69).
  • Looking at the price performance of SBRA's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 33.06%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $27.81 million or 34.28% 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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