Total SA (NYSE:TOT) saw strong trading volume on Thursday . 3,322,534 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 37% from the previous session’s volume of 2,422,554 shares.The stock last traded at $47.57 and had previously closed at $47.87.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. Jefferies Group lowered shares of Total SA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Total SA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 25th. Bank of America Corp. lowered shares of Total SA from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, July 15th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Total SA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 14th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating on shares of Total SA in a research report on Monday, June 6th. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Total SA presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $50.47.

The firm has a market capitalization of $111.04 billion and a P/E ratio of 28.33. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $47.62 and its 200-day moving average price is $46.23.

Total SA (NYSE:TOT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.26. On average, analysts expect that Total SA will post $3.33 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a special dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 3rd were issued a $0.6828 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, June 1st. This represents a dividend yield of 5.76%.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of TOT. TD Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Total SA by 5.1% in the fourth quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 111,897 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $5,030,000 after buying an additional 5,427 shares during the period. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Total SA by 38.7% in the fourth quarter. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. now owns 763,639 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $34,326,000 after buying an additional 213,068 shares during the period. Tweedy Browne Co. LLC increased its stake 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 worth $16,796,000 after buying an additional 3,423 shares during the period. Brandes Investment Partners LP increased its stake 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 worth $2,980,000 after buying an additional 2,281 shares during the period. Finally, Weatherly Asset Management L. P. increased its stake in shares of Total SA by 104.0% in the fourth quarter. Weatherly Asset Management L. P. now owns 24,834 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $1,116,000 after buying an additional 12,658 shares during the period.

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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