How to buy Valero Energy shares

Valero Energy shares have increased 0.71% from their previous closing price ($163.57). Learn how to easily invest in Valero Energy shares in the UK.

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) is a publicly traded oil and gas refining and marketing business based in the US which employs around 9,900 staff. Valero Energy is listed on the NYSE and traded in US dollars. Its current price of $163.57 is 2.4% down on its price a month ago ($167.51).

How to buy shares in Valero Energy

  1. Open a brokerage account. Choose from our top broker picks or compare brokers in depth. Then, complete an application.
  2. Fund your account. Add money to your account via bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  3. Search the platform by ticker symbol. VLO in this case.
  4. Choose an order type. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares or dollar amount.
  5. Submit the order. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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Alternative ways to invest in Valero Energy

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including Valero Energy), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

Valero Energy is a major part of the NYSE, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

FundIcon5-year performance (to May 2024)Link to invest
Invesco S&P 500 (SPXP)Invesco icon102.77%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
Xtrackers S&P 500 Swap (XSPX)DWS Xtrackers icon102.19%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
Vanguard S&P 500 (VUSA)Vanguard icon100.35%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
iShares Core S&P 500 (CSP1)iShares icon100.34%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPX5)SPDR icon100.01%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
HSBC S&P 500 (HSPX)HSBC icon101.10%Invest with XTBCapital at risk

Is it a good time to buy Valero Energy stock?

Review technicals and fundamentals to help you determine if now's a good time for you to invest.

Technical analysis

View Valero Energy's price performance, share price volatility, historical data and technicals.

Use our graph to track the performance of VLO stock over time.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Valero Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as $103.1951 up to $184.79. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VLO.US volatility(beta: 1.54)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's is 1.539. This would suggest that Valero Energy's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Historical closes compared with the last close of $163.57

1 week (2024-05-21)0.97%
1 month (2024-04-28)-2.35%
3 months (2024-02-28)15.63%
6 months (2023-11-28)31.83%
1 year (2023-05-25)43.71%
2 years (2022-05-23)31.69%
3 years (2021-05-27)103.45%
5 years (2019-05-28)118.50%

The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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Is Valero Energy under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value. Check out the Valero Energy P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA.

Valero Energy's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, Valero Energy's shares trade at around 8x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United States stock markets on average as of November 09, 2023 (20.44). 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's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2131. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Valero Energy'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's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $12.3 billion (£9.7 billion).

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

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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