Total SA (NYSE:TOT) announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, December 6th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 17th will be given a dividend of 0.7267 per share by the oil and gas exploration company on Thursday, January 17th. This represents a $2.91 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.32%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 14th.
Total has decreased its dividend payment by an average of 5.4% per year over the last three years. Total has a payout ratio of 53.7% indicating that its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Research analysts expect Total to earn $6.06 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $2.95 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 48.7%.
NYSE:TOT traded down $0.92 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $54.59. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,191,425 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,863,349. Total has a 1 year low of $53.37 and a 1 year high of $65.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a current ratio of 1.28. The firm has a market cap of $138.46 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.25, a PEG ratio of 0.81 and a beta of 0.77.
Several research firms have commented on TOT. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Total from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 28th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Total in a report on Monday, November 19th. ValuEngine raised shares of Total from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, November 19th. Kepler Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Total in a report on Monday, November 26th. Finally, Berenberg Bank began coverage on shares of Total in a report on Tuesday, September 11th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $56.00.
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Total Company 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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