Valero Energy Reaches New 52-Week High (VLO)

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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 $47.70, above its previous 52-week high of $47.66 with 5.8 million shares traded as of 2:16 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 8.7 million shares over the past 30 days.

Valero Energy has a market cap of $26.18 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 38.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 12.6, 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Valero Energy Ratings Report.

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