Media stories about Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Valero Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the oil and gas company an impact score of 46.2818666390427 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on VLO shares. BidaskClub cut Valero Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. US Capital Advisors cut Valero Energy from an “overweight” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Jefferies Group LLC decreased their target price on Valero Energy from $80.00 to $78.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 target price on shares of Valero Energy in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Finally, ValuEngine raised Valero Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $79.28.

Shares of Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) traded down $0.10 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $82.25. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,620,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,358,477. The company has a current ratio of 1.91, a quick ratio of 1.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39. The company has a market cap of $35,991.04, a P/E ratio of 17.76, a P/E/G ratio of 1.71 and a beta of 1.17. Valero Energy has a 52 week low of $60.35 and a 52 week high of $84.00.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The oil and gas company reported $1.91 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.83 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $23.56 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $19.42 billion. Valero Energy had a return on equity of 9.87% and a net margin of 2.33%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.24 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Valero Energy will post 4.83 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st will be given a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 20th. This represents a $2.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.40%. Valero Energy’s payout ratio is currently 60.48%.

In other news, Director Philip J. Pfeiffer sold 1,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.42, for a total transaction of $122,130.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Michael S. Ciskowski sold 53,012 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.88, for a total value of $3,863,514.56. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 67,413 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,913,059.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 58,268 shares of company stock valued at $4,263,601. 0.45% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Valero Energy Company Profile

Valero Energy Corporation (Valero) is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer. The Company’s segments include refining, ethanol and Valero Energy Partners LP (VLP). The refining segment includes its refining operations and the associated marketing activities. The ethanol segment includes its ethanol operations and the associated marketing activities, and logistics assets that support its ethanol operations.

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