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."

TAL International Group

Dividend Yield: 12.20%

TAL International Group (NYSE: TAL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.20%.

TAL International Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, leases intermodal transportation equipment and provides maritime container management services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Equipment Leasing and Equipment Trading. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.08.

The average volume for TAL International Group has been 306,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. TAL International Group has a market cap of $493.9 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates TAL International Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $95.54 million or 4.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TAL INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.33%.
  • The gross profit margin for TAL INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 81.79%. Regardless of TAL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.00% trails the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 5.04 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, TAL INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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Huaneng Power International

Dividend Yield: 12.10%

Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.10%.

Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. The company has a P/E ratio of 59.25.

The average volume for Huaneng Power International has been 103,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Huaneng Power International has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 30.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Huaneng Power International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HNP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 13.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Looking at the price performance of HNP's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 52.72%, 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.
  • Despite the current debt-to-equity ratio of 1.75, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.22 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.

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Seaspan

Dividend Yield: 9.90%

Seaspan (NYSE: SSW) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.90%.

Seaspan Corporation operates as an independent charter owner and manager of containerships in Hong Kong. The company charters its containerships pursuant to long-term, fixed-rate time charters to various container liner companies. As of May 27, 2016, its fleet consisted of 89 vessels. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.45.

The average volume for Seaspan has been 542,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Seaspan has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Seaspan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. 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:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.6%. 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.
  • 42.80% is the gross profit margin for SEASPAN CORP which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SSW's net profit margin of 16.23% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • SEASPAN CORP 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SEASPAN CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.46 versus $0.78 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 17.8% in earnings ($1.20 versus $1.46).
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, SEASPAN CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 55.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $81.36 million to $36.43 million.

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