Taking a Look at the Data Behind Valero Energy Corporation (VLO)

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $92.69, down from yesterday’s close by -1.73%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) currently trades with a market capitalization of $40.13 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 27.42 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $3.08 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.29 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.05% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Valero Energy Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $99.95. It is now trading 7.26% off that level. The stock is trading $93.38 its 50-day moving average by 0.69%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $60.69.

In recent action, Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) has made a move of +5.07% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 17.8, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 2.94% with $432.90 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of VLO.

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