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Why should you keep an eye on Valero Energy Corporation (VLO)?

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) is 14.32% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $75.04 and a high of $146.91 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The VLO stock was last observed hovering at around $143.08 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 1.95% off its average median price target of $151.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 15.68% off the consensus price target high of $172.00 offered by 21 analysts, but current levels are -15.1% lower than the price target low of $126.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $145.03, the stock is 11.31% and 12.20% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 3.15 million and changing 1.36% at the moment leaves the stock 21.65% off its SMA200. VLO registered 82.91% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 32.67%.

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The stock witnessed a 18.22% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 13.54%, and is 5.39% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 8.47% over the week and 4.53% over the month.

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) has around 9813 employees, a market worth around $54.24B and $170.54B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 6.18 and Fwd P/E is 7.46. Profit margin for the company is 5.50%. Distance from 52-week low is 93.27% and -1.28% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (5.80%).

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) is a “Overweight”. 21 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 1.90, where 3 rate it as a Hold and 2 think it is a “Overweight”. 15 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 1 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

The EPS is expected to grow by 164.80% this year.

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The shares outstanding are 390.00M, and float is at 383.53M with Short Float at 2.83%.

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) Insider Activity

A total of 10 insider transactions have happened at Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 7 and purchases happening 3 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Simmons Gary K.,the company’sEVP & CCO. SEC filings show that Simmons Gary K. sold 1,750 shares of the company’s common stock on Nov 16 at a price of $135.16 per share for a total of $0.24 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 0.17 million shares.

Valero Energy Corporation disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Oct 28 that Gorder Joseph W (COB & CEO) sold a total of 37,567 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Oct 28 and was made at $127.00 per share for $4.77 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.57 million shares of the VLO stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on May 27, Riggs R. Lane (President & COO) disposed off 17,767 shares at an average price of $131.53 for $2.34 million. The insider now directly holds 254,905 shares of Valero Energy Corporation (VLO).

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) that is trading 57.70% up over the past 12 months and Chevron Corporation (CVX) that is 42.49% higher over the same period.

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