Traders bought shares of Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLO) on weakness during trading on Thursday. $114.12 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $81.41 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $32.71 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Valero Energy had the 29th highest net in-flow for the day. Valero Energy traded down ($3.89) for the day and closed at $88.70

Several research analysts have recently commented on VLO shares. Standpoint Research raised Valero Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 12th. Wells Fargo & Co reduced their target price on Valero Energy from $141.00 to $135.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, October 26th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Valero Energy from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded Valero Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 19th. Finally, Tudor Pickering downgraded Valero Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. Valero Energy has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $115.82.

The company has a quick ratio of 1.10, a current ratio of 1.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39. The firm has a market capitalization of $39.57 billion, a PE ratio of 17.66, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.76 and a beta of 1.15.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 25th. The oil and gas company reported $2.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.95 by $0.06. Valero Energy had a return on equity of 11.90% and a net margin of 3.96%. The firm had revenue of $30.85 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $31.82 billion. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Valero Energy Co. will post 6.47 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 20th will be issued a dividend of $0.80 per share. This represents a $3.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.65%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 19th. Valero Energy’s dividend payout ratio is 64.52%.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of VLO. Truvestments Capital LLC acquired a new position in shares of Valero Energy in the 3rd quarter valued at $101,000. Kiley Juergens Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Valero Energy in the 2nd quarter valued at $117,000. Kaizen Advisory LLC lifted its stake in shares of Valero Energy by 156.8% in the 2nd quarter. Kaizen Advisory LLC now owns 1,063 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $118,000 after purchasing an additional 649 shares during the period. Stelac Advisory Services LLC acquired a new position in shares of Valero Energy in the 2nd quarter valued at $125,000. Finally, Reilly Financial Advisors LLC lifted its stake in shares of Valero Energy by 1,164.4% in the 3rd quarter. Reilly Financial Advisors LLC now owns 1,315 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $150,000 after purchasing an additional 1,211 shares during the period. 78.12% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Valero Energy Company Profile (NYSE:VLO)

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and ethanol producing company. It operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and VLP (Valero Energy Partners LP). The company is involved in oil and gas refining, marketing, and bulk selling activities. It produces conventional and premium gasolines, gasoline meeting the specifications of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), diesel fuels, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuels, CARB diesel, other distillates, jet fuels, asphalts, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined petroleum products.

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