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

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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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Valero Energy Corporation rose $0.57 (1.7%) to $34.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,094,862 shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,893,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.29-$35.10 after having opened the day at $34.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.31. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 14.5%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 13.0%, Solazyme ( SZYM), up 7.4% and Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), up 6.4%.

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 $18.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 negative front, KiOR ( KIOR), down 7.6%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 5.8%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 4.2% and Rose Rock Midstream ( RRMS), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Williams Companies ( WMB) 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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