Statoil, Total hit by downgrades at RBC Capital

Statoil (STO -1.6%) is downgraded to Sector Perform from Top Pick at RBC Capital based on valuation; STO has climbed 33% during the past 12 months, and having reached its price target, RBC thinks it's a good time to take profits even as it regards STO as a well managed, tightly run outfit which continues to transform into a truly international major focused on the upstream.

At the same time, RBC downgrades Total (TOT -1%) to Sector Perform from Outperform, believing the recent pace of share price appreciation looks hard to sustain until closer to delivery from 2016.

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  • Michael Fitzsimmons
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    Sell now? Not me...I want those dividends and I want to own the company with arguably the best exploration results of the last several years.
    15 May 2014, 04:42 PM Reply Like
  • TedDarling
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    Isn't the stock down today only by virtue of the fact that it trades ex-dividend in the amount of $1.18 (NOK 7) today?
    15 May 2014, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Fitzsimmons
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    You are exactly right Ted, today is the ex-div date:



    My comment was more referring to the fact that STO will transition to quarterly payouts this year. This means STO will make two additional dividend payouts this year. So I think the historical sell-off and trickle down of the stock price after the yearly dividend ex-div date won't take place this year, at least not to the extent it as in past years. So despite the run-up in the share price (which appears to be the reason for the downgrade), I think it's a great time to own STO.
    15 May 2014, 07:06 PM Reply Like
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