Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-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 $119.5 billion
Industry Integrated oil and gas
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $178.22 billion
Management CEO Christophe de Margerie (since 2007)
CFO Patrick de la Chevardire (since 2008)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 21%
Cash/Debt $26.1 billion / $41.6 billion
Dividend Yield 5.5%
Competitors BP (NYSE: BP)
ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)
Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,070 members who have rated Total believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include d0uggie and All-Star PsychoDr, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Late last month , d0uggie touched on the stock's cheapish valuation: "Despite recent surge in the energy sector, [Total] has lagged compared to its peers. Next year, I expect the energy sector to continue to run up due to rise in oil prices. [Total] will eventually catch up since it has relatively low P/E, strong dividends."

In addition to sporting an industry-topping dividend yield, Total currently trades at a P/E (8.4) discount to energy giants Exxon (12.9), Royal Dutch (13.4), Chevron (NYSE: CVX) (10.9) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) (9.3). Of course, with as many positives as CAPS All-Star PsychoDr notes, Total shouldn't stay depressed for too long:

First, the dividend. Current share price makes dividend very attractive. Next, consider the petrochemical portion of the company which allows them to produce a variety of products based on oil derivatives. They have a much easier time developing relationships with middle eastern countries (including Lybia) than do American oil companies, and there is less political risk for [Total] in this part of the world. ... [Total] is one of my dividend behemoths.

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