Alpha Windward LLC reduced its stake in shares of Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLO) by 7.5% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 8,273 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 667 shares during the period. Valero Energy makes up about 0.5% of Alpha Windward LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 15th largest position. Alpha Windward LLC’s holdings in Valero Energy were worth $775,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 2.7% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 34,645,065 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $2,965,964,000 after buying an additional 896,211 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 34,131,975 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $2,922,038,000 after buying an additional 116,878 shares in the last quarter. Boston Partners boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 26.0% in the 3rd quarter. Boston Partners now owns 7,169,172 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $611,881,000 after buying an additional 1,479,616 shares in the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 2.1% in the 2nd quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 6,018,386 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $515,234,000 after buying an additional 121,909 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 15.3% in the 2nd quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 4,079,495 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $349,245,000 after buying an additional 541,478 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 75.65% of the company’s stock.

Several research firms recently commented on VLO. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Valero Energy from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 26th. Wells Fargo & Co boosted their price objective on shares of Valero Energy from $108.00 to $114.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 9th. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on shares of Valero Energy from $110.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Royal Bank of Canada set a $99.00 price objective on shares of Valero Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 25th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group set a $104.00 price objective on shares of Valero Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. Valero Energy has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $103.02.

NYSE:VLO traded down $1.10 on Tuesday, reaching $95.15. The stock had a trading volume of 2,098,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,656,534. The company has a market cap of $39.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.91, a P/E/G ratio of 1.26 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 1.40 and a quick ratio of 0.88. The firm’s fifty day moving average is $94.45 and its two-hundred day moving average is $88.05. Valero Energy Co. has a 12-month low of $69.44 and a 12-month high of $101.99.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 24th. The oil and gas company reported $1.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $27.25 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.93 billion. Valero Energy had a net margin of 2.12% and a return on equity of 10.37%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 11.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.01 EPS. As a group, research analysts forecast that Valero Energy Co. will post 5.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Valero Energy news, CEO Joseph W. Gorder sold 21,400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $95.57, for a total value of $2,045,198.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 424,917 shares in the company, valued at approximately $40,609,317.69. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.38% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Valero Energy Company Profile

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and ethanol producing company in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and internationally. 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.

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