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.
Integrated oil and gas
Chairman/CEO Christophe de Margerie
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
$18.8 billion / $42.2 billion
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.
[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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