Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, European oil and gas giant Total (NYSE:TOT) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Total's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Total facts

Headquarters (founded)

Courbevoie, France (1924)

Market Cap

$127.6 billion


Integrated oil and gas

TTM Revenue

$186.0 billion


CEO Christophe de Margerie (since 2007)
CFO Patrick de la Chevardire (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


TTM Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on TOT also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on TOT also bearish on:

Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 715 of the 734 members who have rated Total -- 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include poppycock2 and Alchemyfinancial.

Two days ago, poppycock2 tapped the stock as nice way to earn a total market-beating return:

Large French oil company that does business in Africa and the Middle East. They pay a solid dividend which rewards you for waiting until oil prices eventually return to the $100 or higher level as global demand picks up.

In a pitch from last month, Alchemyfinancial expands on Total as a play on the greenback getting totaled:

This is a company that would be good for anyone to own. ... People don't seem to understand how oil can go up in a crappy economy. Oil will always be in demand and when the currency it is priced in falls, commodities will go up for that reason alone. Just wait till some one decides to cut oil production to make us sweat a bit in a situation where the dollar is crap. ... [Total] is one of the biggest oil companies around.

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