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Western Refining (NYSE:WNR) Insider Mark J. Smith unloaded 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.92, for a total transaction of $449,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 73,999 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,324,035. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Shares of Western Refining (NYSE:WNR) traded up 2.51% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $45.67. The stock had a trading volume of 1,690,930 shares. Western Refining has a 52-week low of $27.91 and a 52-week high of $45.85. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $41.00 and its 200-day moving average is $40.04. The company has a market cap of $4.617 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.17.

Western Refining (NYSE:WNR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 5th. The company reported $1.29 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $4.35 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.29 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.25 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 79.1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Western Refining will post $3.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, July 30th will be given a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, July 28th.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on WNR shares. Analysts at Simmons upgraded shares of Western Refining from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 7th. Analysts at Citigroup Inc. upgraded shares of Western Refining from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 7th. They now have a $12.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $82.00. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Western Refining has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $39.40.

Western Refining, Inc (NYSE:WNR) is an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products and also operates service stations and convenience stores.

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