Total SA (TOT) Receives Consensus Rating of “Buy” from Analysts

Shares of Total SA (NYSE:TOT) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the eighteen ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation, eleven have issued a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $48.17.

Several analysts recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Total from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Total from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, June 21st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “sell” rating on shares of Total in a research report on Thursday. UBS Group upgraded shares of Total from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, Berenberg Bank initiated coverage on shares of Total in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. They set a “buy” rating for the company.

TOT stock traded up $0.26 on Friday, hitting $60.79. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 147,926 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,264,374. Total has a 1 year low of $53.37 and a 1 year high of $65.69. The company has a market cap of $153.85 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.91 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a current ratio of 1.35 and a quick ratio of 1.04.

Total (NYSE:TOT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $1.31 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.50 by ($0.19). Total had a net margin of 5.25% and a return on equity of 10.19%. The business had revenue of $52.54 billion during the quarter. As a group, analysts anticipate that Total will post 5.44 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 19th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 24th will be given a dividend of $0.7442 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 21st. This represents a $2.98 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.90%. This is an increase from Total’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.73. Total’s dividend payout ratio is presently 60.19%.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. FMR LLC increased its holdings in shares of Total by 33.6% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 3,475,857 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $210,498,000 after purchasing an additional 874,469 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley increased its holdings in shares of Total by 11.5% in the 2nd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 3,114,505 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $188,615,000 after purchasing an additional 320,069 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in shares of Total by 6.0% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 2,826,849 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $171,195,000 after purchasing an additional 158,954 shares in the last quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Total by 5,648.3% in the 1st quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC now owns 1,596,022 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $1,596,000 after purchasing an additional 1,568,257 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada increased its holdings in shares of Total by 2.6% in the 1st quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 1,491,255 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $86,032,000 after purchasing an additional 38,000 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 5.29% of the company’s stock.

About Total

TOTAL SA operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates through Exploration & Production; Gas, Renewables & Power; Refining & Chemicals; and Marketing & Services segments. The Exploration & Production segment engages in the exploration and production activities in approximately 50 countries, and produces oil or gas in approximately 30 countries.

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