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Valero Energy Corporation



) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Valero Energy Corporation rose $1.42 (5.4%) to $27.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 22.7 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27-$28.09 after having opened the day at $27.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.08. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Recovery Energy



), up 14.3%,




), up 12.9%,

W&T Offshore



), up 12.3%, and

TransAtlantic Petroleum



), up 8.9%.

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Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. Valero Energy Corporation has a market cap of $14.43 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

WSP Holdings



), down 11%,

Mexco Energy Corporation



), down 9.2%,

Comstock Resources



), down 9.2%, and

Superior Energy Services



), down 7%, were all laggards within the energy industry with

Exxon Mobil Corporation



) being today's energy industry laggard.

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Energy Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

Proshares Short Oil & Gas