Total SA (TOT): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Total ( TOT) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Total rose $0.59 (1.1%) to $54.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,794,049 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,285,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.81-$54.82 after having opened the day at $54.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.10. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: WSP Holdings ( WH), up 34.6%, Martin Midstream Partners L.P ( MMLP), up 9.5%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 8.1% and Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 5.4%.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Refining and Chemicals, and Marketing and Services. Total has a market cap of $122.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), down 13.2%, Alon USA Partners ( ALDW), down 11.7%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 11.5% and Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) being today's energy industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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