5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Total

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

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

Total facts

Headquarters (Founded)Courbevoie, France (1924)
Market Cap$110.8 billion
IndustryIntegrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$215.5 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Christophe de Margerie
CFO Patrick de la Chevardire
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)16.9%
Cash/Debt$28.6 billion / $44.4 billion
Dividend Yield6.3%
CompetitorsExxonMobil (NYS: XOM)
Chevron (NYS: CVX)
ConocoPhillips (NYS: COP)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,296 members who have rated Total believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include sssandhu78 and MarkP28665.

Just last week, sssandhu78 tapped Total as a tasty income opportunity: "Absolutely best in class if you can stick with it (because what's happening with Europe will affect this stock in the short term). While you are waiting you are rewarded with a great dividend."

Currently, Total even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 6.9. That represents a slight discount to other integrated energy giants like Exxon (9.1), Chevron (7.5), and Conoco (8.2).

CAPS member MarkP28665 elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

Looking at the Oil Majors Total SA looks like a bargain. The stock price is down due to the worries in Europe but the company is worldwide and its profits will likely not be affected much by the pressures in Europe. It has a nice yield.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Total and Chevron. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 daysWe Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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