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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) --

Valero Energy Corporation

(NYSE:

VLO

) hit a new 52-week high Tuesday as it is currently trading at $31.32, above its previous 52-week high of $31 with 3.8 million shares traded as of 10:35 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 8.9 million shares over the past 30 days.

Valero Energy has a market cap of $16.13 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

energy

industry. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full

Valero Energy Ratings Report

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