Private Capital Group LLC Lowers Position in Total SA (NYSE:TOT)

Private Capital Group LLC cut its stake in shares of Total SA (NYSE:TOT) by 20.2% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 2,752 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock after selling 698 shares during the quarter. Private Capital Group LLC’s holdings in Total were worth $145,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Fisher Asset Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Total by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 16,890,913 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $881,368,000 after buying an additional 605,158 shares during the period. FMR LLC boosted its position in shares of Total by 47.4% in the third quarter. FMR LLC now owns 5,124,096 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $329,940,000 after buying an additional 1,648,239 shares during the period. Sound Shore Management Inc. CT boosted its position in shares of Total by 0.9% in the third quarter. Sound Shore Management Inc. CT now owns 2,935,453 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $189,014,000 after buying an additional 24,786 shares during the period. Federated Investors Inc. PA boosted its position in shares of Total by 3.8% in the third quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 2,225,827 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $143,321,000 after buying an additional 81,019 shares during the period. Finally, Allianz Asset Management GmbH acquired a new stake in shares of Total in the third quarter worth $87,003,000. 6.32% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

TOT opened at $54.88 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $137.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.87, a PEG ratio of 1.02 and a beta of 0.70. Total SA has a 1 year low of $49.70 and a 1 year high of $65.69. The company has a quick ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34.

Total (NYSE:TOT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 7th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $1.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.17. Total had a return on equity of 11.16% and a net margin of 5.47%. The firm had revenue of $52.50 billion during the quarter. As a group, analysts predict that Total SA will post 5.39 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 17th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 17th were issued a dividend of $0.7267 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 14th. This represents a $2.91 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.30%. Total’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 48.91%.

Several analysts have recently commented on TOT shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Total in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Total in a research report on Tuesday, October 23rd. UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Total in a research report on Friday, October 26th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Total in a research report on Friday, October 26th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Total in a research report on Friday, October 26th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Total has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $48.75.

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Total Profile

TOTAL SA operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates through Exploration & Production; Gas, Renewables & Power; Refining & Chemicals; and Marketing & Services segments. The Exploration & Production segment engages in the exploration and production activities in approximately 50 countries, and produces oil or gas in approximately 30 countries.

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