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)Paris (1924)
Market Cap$110.6 billion
IndustryIntegrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$218.3 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Christophe de Margerie
CFO Patrick de la Chevardiere
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)18.3%
Cash/Debt$18.8 billion / $42.2 billion
Dividend Yield5.4%
CompetitorsBP
ExxonMobil

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,378 members who have rated Total believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, 19leonard, tapped the stock as a rather timely bargain opportunity:

[Total] has been declining along with most oil stocks in the last 4-5 weeks, probably extra penalized for the North Sea oil spill. Its fundamentals are solid with limited downward risk (5.2% div, P/E below 7), while this is a [$100 billion market cap] company with a diversified portfolio across the energy sector. Expansion plans look solid and on a global basis.

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