Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLO) CFO Michael S. Ciskowski sold 251,530 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.29, for a total value of $23,465,233.70. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 309,119 shares in the company, valued at approximately $28,837,711.51. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLO) traded up $0.44 during trading on Friday, reaching $94.03. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,973,718 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,147,729. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 1.24 and a current ratio of 1.91. The company has a market cap of $41,590.00, a PE ratio of 20.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 1.20. Valero Energy Co. has a fifty-two week low of $60.69 and a fifty-two week high of $94.30.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The oil and gas company reported $1.91 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.83 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $23.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $19.42 billion. Valero Energy had a return on equity of 9.87% and a net margin of 2.33%. The business’s revenue was up 19.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.24 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Valero Energy Co. will post 5 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st were given a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 20th. This represents a $2.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.98%. Valero Energy’s payout ratio is 60.74%.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of VLO. Neuberger Berman Group LLC boosted its position in Valero Energy by 184.0% during the 2nd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 30,823 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $2,079,000 after acquiring an additional 67,523 shares in the last quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 4.9% in the 2nd quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 13,067 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $881,000 after purchasing an additional 612 shares in the last quarter. Calamos Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. Calamos Advisors LLC now owns 54,565 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $3,681,000 after purchasing an additional 1,344 shares in the last quarter. Ffcm LLC boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 189.4% in the 2nd quarter. Ffcm LLC now owns 1,881 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $128,000 after purchasing an additional 1,231 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Manchester Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Valero Energy by 16.9% in the 2nd quarter. Manchester Capital Management LLC now owns 2,076 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $140,000 after purchasing an additional 300 shares in the last quarter. 81.31% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

VLO has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Deutsche Bank restated a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price target (up previously from $65.00) on shares of Valero Energy in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Wells Fargo & Co restated an “outperform” rating and set a $87.00 price target (up previously from $74.00) on shares of Valero Energy in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Valero Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $87.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, October 16th. ValuEngine upgraded Valero Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, UBS Group boosted their price target on Valero Energy from $80.00 to $83.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. Valero Energy presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $81.67.

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About Valero Energy

Valero Energy Corporation (Valero) is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer. The Company’s segments include refining, ethanol and Valero Energy Partners LP (VLP). The refining segment includes its refining operations and the associated marketing activities. The ethanol segment includes its ethanol operations and the associated marketing activities, and logistics assets that support its ethanol operations.

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