1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is down $1.31 (-2.9%) to $44.24 on heavy volume Thus far, 13.3 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.20-$44.55 after having opened the day at $43.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.55. 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 $24.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy Corporation 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 good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Valero Energy Corporation Ratings Report now. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG). A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.