Valero Energy Corporation (VLO): Today's Key Contributor To Industry Gains

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Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Valero Energy Corporation rose 84 cents (2.1%) to $41.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.9 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.80-$41.48 after having opened the day at $40.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.60. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 12.5%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 12.1%, Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 5.1%, and Alon USA Energy ( ALJ), up 5%.
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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 $23.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five 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.

On the negative front, Genie Energy ( GNE), down 13.1%, Midstates Petroleum ( MPO), down 9.6%, Royale Energy ( ROYL), down 8.2%, and Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 7.5%, were all laggards within the energy industry with BP ( BP) being today's energy industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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