Top 3 Yielding Buy-Rated Stocks: BCE, DHT, HST

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."

BCE

Dividend Yield: 4.40%

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

BCE Inc. provides wireless, wireline, Internet, and television (TV) services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. The company operates through Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline, and Bell Media segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.62.

The average volume for BCE has been 794,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. BCE has a market cap of $40.2 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BCE as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry average. The net income increased by 30.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $570.00 million to $744.00 million.
  • BCE's revenue growth trails the industry average of 18.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 49.83% is the gross profit margin for BCE 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 14.11% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,290.00 million or 23.44% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.42%.
  • BCE INC has improved earnings per share by 30.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, BCE INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.98 versus $2.97 in the prior year.

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