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

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Total ( TOT) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Total fell $0.63 (-1.1%) to $59.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 991,246 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,144,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.25-$59.77 after having opened the day at $59.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.03. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 6.8%, Forest Oil ( FST), down 6.8%, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), down 6.4% and ECA Marcellus Trust I ( ECT), down 6.2%.

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 $136.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Total a buy, 2 analysts rate 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Clayton Williams Energy ( CWEI), up 9.3%, QEP Midstream Partners ( QEPM), up 4.2%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 4.0% and Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), up 3.7% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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