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How to buy Valero Energy Corporation stock | $40.22

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Valero Energy Corporation is an oil & gas refining & marketing business based in the US. Valero Energy Corporation shares (VLO) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Valero Energy Corporation employs 10,222 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$71.2 billion.

How to buy shares in Valero Energy Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Valero Energy Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: VLO. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Valero Energy Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$40.22, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Valero Energy Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Valero Energy Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Valero Energy Corporation share price

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Valero Energy Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$40.22
52-week rangeUSD$29.4605 - USD$92.0798
50-day moving average USD$54.6944
200-day moving average USD$51.8967
Wall St. target priceUSD$65.06
PE ratio 17.0469
Dividend yield USD$3.92 (7.04%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.602

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Is it a good time to buy Valero Energy Corporation stock?

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Valero Energy Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $40.22 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2021-01-12) N/A
1 month (2020-12-23) -27.91%
3 months (2020-10-23) -4.17%
6 months (2020-07-23) -30.26%
1 year (2020-01-19) N/A
2 years (2019-01-19) N/A
3 years (2018-01-19) N/A
5 years (2016-01-19) N/A

Is Valero Energy Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Valero Energy Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Valero Energy Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Valero Energy Corporation's P/E ratio

Valero Energy Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Valero Energy Corporation shares trade at around 17x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Valero Energy Corporation's PEG ratio

Valero Energy Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 9.0924. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Valero Energy Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Valero Energy Corporation's EBITDA

Valero Energy Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Valero Energy Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Valero Energy Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$71.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 0.98%
Gross profit TTM USD$6.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.84%
Return on equity TTM 2.56%
Profit margin 0%
Book value $47.141
Market capitalisation USD$22.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Valero Energy Corporation shares

There are currently 11.8 million Valero Energy Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Valero Energy Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 7.7% down from 12.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Valero Energy Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Valero Energy Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Valero Energy Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Valero Energy Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Valero Energy Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 4.9 million). Valero Energy Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.4. In other words for every 100,000 Valero Energy Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2400 shares are currently held short.

However Valero Energy Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Valero Energy Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Valero Energy Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Valero Energy Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Valero Energy Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0291% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Valero Energy Corporation shares, roughly 29 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Valero Energy Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Valero Energy Corporation stock.

Valero Energy Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Valero Energy Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Valero Energy Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 38.26

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Valero Energy Corporation's overall score of 38.26 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 81st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Valero Energy Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Valero Energy Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 24.43/100

Valero Energy Corporation's environmental score of 24.43 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Valero Energy Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Valero Energy Corporation's social score

Social score: 12.92/100

Valero Energy Corporation's social score of 12.92 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Valero Energy Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Valero Energy Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 8.91/100

Valero Energy Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Valero Energy Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Valero Energy Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Valero Energy Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Valero Energy Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Valero Energy Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 38.26
Total ESG percentile 80.65
Environmental score 24.43
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 12.92
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 8.91
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 3

Valero Energy Corporation share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 6533.33% of net profits

Recently Valero Energy Corporation has paid out, on average, around 6533.33% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.04% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Valero Energy Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 7.04% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Valero Energy Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $3.92 per share.

Valero Energy Corporation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Valero Energy Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 9 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Valero Energy Corporation's shares ever split?

Valero Energy Corporation's shares were split on a 1094:1000 basis on 2 May 2013. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1094 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Valero Energy Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 8.6% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Valero Energy Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Valero Energy Corporation's share price.

Valero Energy Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Valero Energy Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $29.4605 up to $92.0798. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VLO.US volatility(beta: 2.12)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Valero Energy Corporation's is 2.1186. This would suggest that Valero Energy Corporation's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Valero Energy Corporation overview

Valero Energy Corporation manufactures and sells transportation fuels and petrochemical products in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Renewable Diesel. The company is involved in oil and gas refining, marketing, and bulk selling activities. It produces conventional and premium gasolines, gasoline meeting the specifications of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), diesel fuels, low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuels, CARB diesel, other distillates, jet fuels, asphalts, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined petroleum products. As of December 31, 2019, the company owned 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.15 million barrels per day. It markets its refined products through wholesale rack and bulk markets; and through approximately 7,000 outlets under the Valero, Beacon, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, Ultramar, and Texaco brand names. The company also produces and sells ethanol, distiller grains, and corn oil primarily to refiners and gasoline blenders, as well as to animal feed customers. It owns and operates 14 ethanol plants with a combined ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.73 billion gallons per year. In addition, the company owns, operates, develops, and acquires crude oil and refined petroleum products pipelines, terminals, and other transportation and logistics assets. Further, it owns and operates a plant that processes animal fats, used cooking oils, and other vegetable oils into renewable diesel. The company was formerly known as Valero Refining and Marketing Company and changed its name to Valero Energy Corporation in August 1997. Valero Energy Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

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