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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Total rose $0.85 (1.4%) to $62.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,104,253 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,042,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.26-$62.65 after having opened the day at $62.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.42. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoPark ( GPRK), up 10.6%, Forbes Energy Services ( FES), up 8.1%, Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), up 7.6% and Recon Technology ( RCON), up 5.3%.

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 $138.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 negative front, Endeavour International ( END), down 12.4%, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG), down 8.2%, Lilis Energy ( LLEX), down 7.8% and Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Schlumberger ( SLB) 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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