Just the Facts on 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 $119.71, up from yesterday’s close by 4.10%. 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 $51.67 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 21.44 % 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 $3.06 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $2.24 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.06% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

It’s important to check the technicals to get a sense of how VLO has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Valero Energy Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $116.43. It is now trading -3.28% off that level. The stock is trading $102.75 its 50-day moving average by -16.96%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $60.69.

In recent action, Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) has made a move of +10.64% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 15.08, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less 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 2.62% with $430.02 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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