Valero Energy Corporation (VLO): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Valero Energy Corporation fell $0.44 (-1.2%) to $36.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,588,147 shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,241,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.97-$36.76 after having opened the day at $36.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.59. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 9.6%, VAALCO Energy ( EGY), down 7.7%, Alon USA Energy ( ALJ), down 7.5% and New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 6.5%.

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 $19.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 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 attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, KiOR ( KIOR), up 24.7%, Triangle Petroleum ( TPLM), up 17.1%, Emerald Oil ( EOX), up 5.6% and Forbes Energy Services ( FES), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Kinder Morgan ( KMI) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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