Why Total Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, French oil and gas giant Total has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Total and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Total facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Paris (1924)

Market Cap

$118.3 billion

Industry

Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$232.8 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Christophe de Margerie
CFO Patrick de la Chevardiere

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

18.3%

Cash/Debt

$24.0 billion / $45.6 billion

Dividend Yield

4.8%

Competitors

BP
ExxonMobil

Royal Dutch Shell


Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,422 members who have rated Total believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star Staka, succinctly summed up the Total opportunity for our community:

Positive:
-- nexpensive blue chip with good and sustainable dividend
-- Contrarian play: Europe, Energy
-- Nimble management with good acquisition strategy
-- Some new oil and natural gas discoveries lately

Negative:
-- Double top?

If you want market-topping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite its five-star rating, Total may not be your top choice.

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The article Why Total Is Poised to Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Total and owns shares of ExxonMobil. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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