NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) is Monday, August 13, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $28.61 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%. The average volume for Valero Energy has been 8.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Valero Energy has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 36.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 9.8, 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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