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."

BGC Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

BGC Partners (NASDAQ: BGCP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%.

BGC Partners, Inc. operates as a brokerage company in the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia, France, other parts of the Americas and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It operates in two segments, Financial Services and Real Estate Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.10.

The average volume for BGC Partners has been 1,042,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. BGC Partners has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BGC Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 24.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.7%. 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 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market, BGC PARTNERS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BGC PARTNERS INC's earnings per share declined by 16.7% 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, BGC PARTNERS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.49 versus $0.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.87 versus $0.49).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Capital Markets industry average. The net income has decreased by 2.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $14.06 million to $13.66 million.
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that BGCP's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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Iron Mountain

Dividend Yield: 5.20%

Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.20%.

Iron Mountain Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, provides storage and information management services in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.57.

The average volume for Iron Mountain has been 2,399,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Iron Mountain has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 40.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Iron Mountain as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • 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 52.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $41.10 million to $62.77 million.
  • IRM's revenue growth trails the industry average of 12.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1371.66% to $81.12 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, IRON MOUNTAIN INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.76%.
  • IRON MOUNTAIN INC 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, IRON MOUNTAIN INC reported lower earnings of $0.58 versus $1.69 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.19 versus $0.58).

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Sunoco Logistics Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.00%

Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE: SXL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.00%.

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. transports, terminals, and stores crude oil, refined products, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company has a P/E ratio of 41.00.

The average volume for Sunoco Logistics Partners has been 1,451,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sunoco Logistics Partners has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sunoco Logistics Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 302.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $36.00 million to $145.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 257.89% to $120.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SUNOCO LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -49.20%.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SUNOCO LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • SUNOCO LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP 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, SUNOCO LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP reported lower earnings of $0.45 versus $0.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.92 versus $0.45).

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