Morgan Stanley slashes price target on Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] – find out why.

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Valero Energy Corporation [NYSE: VLO] loss -0.67% or -0.53 points to close at $78.13 with a heavy trading volume of 3512709 shares. The company report on September 21, 2021 that Valero Energy Corporation to Announce Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Results on October 21, 2021.

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) announced that it will host a conference call on October 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss third quarter 2021 earnings results, which will be released earlier that day, and provide an update on company operations.


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Persons interested in listening to the conference call may join the webcast on Valero’s Investor Relations website at www.investorvalero.com.

It opened the trading session at $79.12, the shares rose to $79.76 and dropped to $77.56, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for VLO points out that the company has recorded 13.76% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -120.46% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 3.84M shares, VLO reached to a volume of 3512709 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for VLO shares is $85.75 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on VLO stock is a recommendation set at 1.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Morgan Stanley have made an estimate for Valero Energy Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on September 07, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Citigroup dropped their target price from $95 to $121. The new note on the price target was released on May 03, 2021, representing the official price target for Valero Energy Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $96, while Raymond James analysts kept a Strong Buy rating on VLO stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Valero Energy Corporation is set at 2.35, with the Price to Sales ratio for VLO stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.40. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.80, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 8.68. Price to Free Cash Flow for VLO in the course of the last twelve months was 67.82 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.90.

Trading performance analysis for VLO stock

Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 0.42. With this latest performance, VLO shares gained by 19.10% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 13.76% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 94.26% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for VLO stock in for the last two-week period is set at 67.23, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 67.86, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 64.39 for Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 68.30, while it was recorded at 78.60 for the last single week of trading, and 71.04 for the last 200 days.

Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] shares currently have an operating margin of -2.68 and a Gross Margin at -1.46. Valero Energy Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -2.20.

Return on Total Capital for VLO is now -5.04, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -4.35. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -7.02, with Return on Assets sitting at -2.67. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 84.29. Additionally, VLO Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 45.74, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 30.26. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 78.93, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 42.83.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] managed to generate an average of -$143,115 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 8.64 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 1.21.Valero Energy Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.90 and a Current Ratio set at 1.40.

Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for VLO. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Valero Energy Corporation go to -13.00%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]

There are presently around $25,224 million, or 79.60% of VLO stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of VLO stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 46,111,060, which is approximately 0.687% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 37,668,654 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.94 billion in VLO stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.21 billion in VLO stock with ownership of nearly 2.42% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Valero Energy Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 537 institutional holders increased their position in Valero Energy Corporation [NYSE:VLO] by around 25,090,353 shares. Additionally, 444 investors decreased positions by around 19,268,915 shares, while 132 investors held positions by with 278,485,662 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 322,844,930 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. VLO stock had 114 new institutional investments in for a total of 7,193,919 shares, while 93 institutional investors sold positions of 4,612,563 shares during the same period.

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