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Best 3 Yielding Buy-Rated Stocks: LTC, FUN, DIN

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." LTC Properties LTC Properties (NYSE: LTC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%. LTC Properties, Inc. operates as a health care real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.28. The average volume for LTC Properties has been 235,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. LTC Properties has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreet Ratings rates LTC Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 8.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.5%. 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 increased to $31.81 million or 20.13% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 2.08%.
  • The gross profit margin for LTC PROPERTIES INC is currently very high, coming in at 71.97%. Regardless of LTC's high profit margin, it has managed to...

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