Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) Price Target Increased to $174.00 by Analysts at Mizuho

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLOFree Report) had its price target raised by Mizuho from $162.00 to $174.00 in a report published on Monday, FlyOnTheWall reports.

VLO has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Bank of America cut Valero Energy from a buy rating to a neutral rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $160.00 to $152.00 in a research report on Tuesday, August 15th. Wells Fargo & Company boosted their price objective on Valero Energy from $135.00 to $144.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a research report on Friday, September 8th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reduced their price target on shares of Valero Energy from $172.00 to $171.00 in a report on Friday, July 7th. Piper Sandler boosted their price objective on Valero Energy from $150.00 to $159.00 in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, started coverage on shares of Valero Energy in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. They issued a buy rating for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. According to MarketBeat, the company presently has a consensus rating of Moderate Buy and a consensus target price of $153.44.

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Valero Energy Trading Down 1.6 %

NYSE:VLO opened at $143.68 on Monday. 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 1-year low of $97.73 and a 1-year high of $150.39. The firm has a market capitalization of $50.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 4.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 1.66. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $129.60 and a 200 day simple moving average of $123.61.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLOGet Free Report) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The oil and gas company reported $5.40 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $5.08 by $0.32. Valero Energy had a net margin of 6.96% and a return on equity of 42.31%. The firm had revenue of $34.51 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $34.37 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $11.36 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 33.2% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts forecast that Valero Energy will post 24.41 earnings per share for the current year.

Valero Energy Dividend Announcement

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 3rd were paid a dividend of $1.02 per share. This represents a $4.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 2nd. Valero Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 14.05%.

Insider Buying and Selling

In other news, Director Joseph W. Gorder sold 75,580 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $135.99, for a total value of $10,278,124.20. Following the transaction, the director now owns 621,872 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $84,568,373.28. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.04% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Trading of Valero Energy

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of VLO. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC boosted its holdings in Valero Energy by 110.8% during the second quarter. Nelson Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group LLC now owns 215 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $25,000 after buying an additional 113 shares during the last quarter. Live Oak Investment Partners acquired a new position in Valero Energy during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $26,000. Stone House Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in Valero Energy in the first quarter valued at approximately $27,000. Sageworth Trust Co raised its holdings in Valero Energy by 716.7% in the first quarter. Sageworth Trust Co now owns 196 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $27,000 after purchasing an additional 172 shares during the period. Finally, Prostatis Group LLC bought a new position in shares of Valero Energy during the fourth quarter worth $29,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.07% of the company’s stock.

Valero Energy Company Profile

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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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