Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLO) Receives Average Recommendation of “Moderate Buy” from Brokerages

Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLOGet Free Report) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” from the fifteen analysts that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $152.13.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on the company. Piper Sandler raised their target price on Valero Energy from $150.00 to $159.00 in a report on Friday, August 4th. Mizuho increased their price target on Valero Energy from $152.00 to $162.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Barclays boosted their price objective on shares of Valero Energy from $139.00 to $142.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their target price on shares of Valero Energy from $172.00 to $171.00 in a report on Friday, July 7th. Finally, Tudor Pickering upgraded shares of Valero Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $145.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, July 31st.

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Insider Buying and Selling at Valero Energy

In other Valero Energy news, Director Joseph W. Gorder sold 75,580 shares of Valero Energy stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $135.99, for a total transaction of $10,278,124.20. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 621,872 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $84,568,373.28. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.04% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. boosted its position in Valero Energy by 10.1% in the fourth quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 24,625 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $3,124,000 after buying an additional 2,268 shares in the last quarter. Walkner Condon Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Valero Energy during the 1st quarter valued at $216,000. Spire Wealth Management raised its position in Valero Energy by 64.7% in the 1st quarter. Spire Wealth Management now owns 2,785 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $389,000 after purchasing an additional 1,094 shares during the last quarter. PFG Investments LLC bought a new stake in shares of Valero Energy during the first quarter worth $318,000. Finally, AMG National Trust Bank acquired a new stake in shares of Valero Energy in the fourth quarter valued at $212,000. 77.07% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Valero Energy Trading Up 2.9 %

Valero Energy stock opened at $133.61 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.12, a current ratio of 1.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. Valero Energy has a 12 month low of $97.73 and a 12 month high of $150.39. The company’s fifty day simple moving average is $124.67 and its 200-day simple moving average is $123.27. The stock has a market cap of $47.18 billion, a P/E ratio of 4.60, a P/E/G ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 1.66.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLOGet Free Report) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The oil and gas company reported $5.40 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $5.08 by $0.32. Valero Energy had a return on equity of 42.31% and a net margin of 6.96%. The company had revenue of $34.51 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $34.37 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $11.36 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 33.2% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Valero Energy will post 23.9 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Valero Energy Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 5th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 3rd will be given a $1.02 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 2nd. This represents a $4.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.05%. Valero Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 14.05%.

About Valero Energy

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Valero Energy Corporation manufactures, markets, and sells transportation fuels and petrochemical products in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Refining, Renewable Diesel, and Ethanol. The company produces California Reformulated Gasoline Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending and Conventional Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending gasolines, CARB diesel, diesel, jet fuel, and asphalt; aromatics; and sulfur crude oils.

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