Total SA (NYSE:TOT) gapped up prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $46.76, but opened at $47.16. Total SA shares last traded at $47.89, with a volume of 1,142,692 shares changing hands.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Total SA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, April 20th. Simmons boosted their target price on shares of Total SA to $48.00 in a report on Friday, March 25th. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Total SA from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, June 30th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Total SA in a research note on Monday, June 6th. Finally, Jefferies Group downgraded shares of Total SA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 28th. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fifteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Total SA has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $50.47.

The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $47.61 and a 200 day moving average price of $46.06. The firm has a market cap of $111.57 billion and a P/E ratio of 28.47.

Total SA (NYSE:TOT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 27th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.26. Equities analysts anticipate that Total SA will post $3.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a special dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 1st. Investors of record on Friday, June 3rd were given a dividend of $0.6828 per share. This represents a yield of 5.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 1st.

A number of institutional investors have modified their holdings of the stock. Gluskin Sheff & Assoc Inc. raised its position in shares of Total SA by 21.7% in the fourth quarter. Gluskin Sheff & Assoc Inc. now owns 560,000 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $25,172,000 after buying an additional 100,000 shares during the last quarter. US Bancorp DE raised its position in shares of Total SA by 7.6% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 137,259 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $6,170,000 after buying an additional 9,731 shares during the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. raised its position in shares of Total SA by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 156,585 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $7,038,000 after buying an additional 831 shares during the last quarter. Tweedy Browne Co. LLC raised its position in shares of Total SA by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Tweedy Browne Co. LLC now owns 373,665 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $16,796,000 after buying an additional 3,423 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Brandes Investment Partners LP raised its position in shares of Total SA by 3.6% in the fourth quarter. Brandes Investment Partners LP now owns 66,293 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $2,980,000 after buying an additional 2,281 shares during the last quarter.

Total SA is an energy operator. The Company operates through three business segments: an Upstream segment, including alongside the activities of the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, the activities of gas and power; a Refining & Chemicals segment constituting an industrial hub comprising the activities of refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals and also includes the activities of oil trading and shipping; a Marketing & Services segment, including the global activities of supply and marketing in the field of petroleum products, as well as the activity of new energies, and a Corporate segment, which includes holdings operating and financial activities.

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