News coverage about Total (NYSE:TOT) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Total earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 45.913772196454 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Total (TOT) opened at $59.05 on Monday. Total has a twelve month low of $48.15 and a twelve month high of $59.57. The company has a current ratio of 1.47, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. The stock has a market cap of $147,292.91, a PE ratio of 14.84, a PEG ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 0.77.

Total (NYSE:TOT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 27th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.07 by ($0.03). Total had a return on equity of 9.39% and a net margin of 4.90%. The company had revenue of $43.04 billion for the quarter. equities research analysts forecast that Total will post 4.13 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 18th were issued a dividend of $0.734 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 15th. This represents a $2.94 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.97%. Total’s payout ratio is 35.53%.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of Total in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $58.00 price objective on shares of Total in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $53.00 price objective on shares of Total in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Total from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Saturday, January 20th. Finally, TD Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $20.00 price objective on shares of Total in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $48.63.

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About Total

Total SA (Total) is an oil and gas company. The Company has three segments: an Upstream segment, including the activities of the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, and the activities of gas and power; a Refining & Chemicals segment constituting an industrial hub consisting of the activities of refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals, and also includes the activities of oil trading and shipping, and a Marketing & Services segment, including the activities of supply and marketing in the field of petroleum products, as well as the activity of New Energies.

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