Today's Pre-Market Mover With Heavy Volume: Total (TOT)

Trade-Ideas LLC identified Total ( TOT) as a pre-market mover with heavy volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Total as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • TOT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $71.2 million.
  • TOT traded 228,072 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:04 AM, representing 15.4% of its average daily volume.

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More details on TOT:

TOTAL S.A. operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Refining & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Total a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Total has been 2.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Total has a market cap of $116.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Total as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.58, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.80 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 34.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 30.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 4.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3,104.00 million to $2,971.00 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, TOTAL SA's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, TOT has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 9.23% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

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