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Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $37.86, above its previous 52-week high of $37.61 with 5.1 million shares traded as of 2:17 p.m. ET. Average volume has been eight million shares over the past 30 days. Valero Energy has a market cap of $20.35 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.