Unison Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLO) by 1.0% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 13,813 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after acquiring an additional 139 shares during the quarter. Unison Advisors LLC’s holdings in Valero Energy were worth $1,172,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans grew its holdings in Valero Energy by 1.8% during the 4th quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 18,834 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $1,412,000 after acquiring an additional 332 shares during the last quarter. Private Trust Co. NA grew its holdings in Valero Energy by 26.6% during the 4th quarter. Private Trust Co. NA now owns 3,936 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $295,000 after acquiring an additional 826 shares during the last quarter. First National Trust Co grew its holdings in Valero Energy by 11.2% during the 4th quarter. First National Trust Co now owns 102,704 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $7,699,000 after acquiring an additional 10,323 shares during the last quarter. Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. grew its holdings in Valero Energy by 2.5% during the 4th quarter. Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. now owns 13,961 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $1,047,000 after acquiring an additional 337 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Boston Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Valero Energy by 1.4% during the 4th quarter. Boston Advisors LLC now owns 159,715 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $11,974,000 after acquiring an additional 2,252 shares during the last quarter. 79.22% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the stock. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Valero Energy from $100.00 to $110.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday. Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Valero Energy in a report on Monday, March 25th. Wolfe Research upgraded shares of Valero Energy from a “peer perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, March 8th. Standpoint Research downgraded shares of Valero Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 21st. Finally, Argus set a $110.00 target price on shares of Valero Energy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Valero Energy presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $113.32.

Valero Energy stock opened at $88.04 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a current ratio of 1.65. Valero Energy Co. has a 1 year low of $68.81 and a 1 year high of $126.98. The stock has a market cap of $36.77 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 1.17.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, January 31st. The oil and gas company reported $2.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.03 by $1.09. Valero Energy had a net margin of 2.67% and a return on equity of 13.63%. The company had revenue of $28.73 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $23.26 billion. On average, analysts forecast that Valero Energy Co. will post 6.89 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Valero Energy news, Director Stephen M. Waters bought 500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $84.97 per share, for a total transaction of $42,485.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.38% of the company’s stock.

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About Valero Energy

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and ethanol producing company. It operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and VLP (Valero Energy Partners LP). 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.

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