Don't look now, but Total (NYSE:TOT) has been the best investment in the big oil space over the past year. With a total return of 21%, it has dwarfed the next best on that list (for those interested, it's Chevron with a total return of 5.3%). So what is stetting Total apart from its peers? Well, this past quarter Total was the only member of the big oil group to grow its production, and investors are becoming increasingly enamored with that 5.5% dividend yield. 

Can Total keep up this peer-leading pace? In the video below, Fool contributors Tyler Crowe and Aimee Duffy discuss one key driver for the future of Total that could keep the French company running ahead of the others. 

Fool contributor Aimee Duffy has no position in any stocks mentioned. Fool contributor Tyler Crowe has no position in any stocks mentioned. You can follow them both on Twitter:@TMFDuffy and @TylerCroweFool, respectively. 

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