Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, French oil and gas giant Total (NYSE:TTE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Total facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Paris (1924)

Market Cap

$118.3 billion


Integrated oil and gas

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$232.8 billion


Chairman/CEO Christophe de Margerie
CFO Patrick de la Chevardiere

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$24.0 billion / $45.6 billion

Dividend Yield



Royal Dutch Shell

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,422 members who have rated Total believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star Staka, succinctly summed up the Total opportunity for our community:

-- nexpensive blue chip with good and sustainable dividend
-- Contrarian play: Europe, Energy
-- Nimble management with good acquisition strategy
-- Some new oil and natural gas discoveries lately

-- Double top?

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