Market Analysts see Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] gaining to $80. Time to buy?


Valero Energy Corporation [NYSE: VLO] plunged by -$2.17 during the normal trading session on Monday and reaching a high of $101.58 during the day while it closed the day at $100.88. The company report on March 21, 2022 that Valero Energy Corporation to Announce First Quarter 2022 Earnings Results on April 26, 2022.

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Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) announced today that it will host a conference call on April 26, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss first quarter 2022 earnings results, which will be released earlier that day, and provide an update on company operations.

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

Valero Energy Corporation stock has also loss -8.58% of its value over the past 7 days. However, VLO stock has inclined by 28.36% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 24.56% and gained 34.31% year-on date.

The market cap for VLO stock reached $43.31 billion, with 408.84 million shares outstanding and 407.38 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 4.50M shares, VLO reached a trading volume of 6620502 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say 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 $111.01 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 3.67, with the Price to Sales ratio for VLO stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.38. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.23, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 9.60. Price to Free Cash Flow for VLO in the course of the last twelve months was 10.44 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.90.

VLO stock trade performance evaluation

Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -8.58. With this latest performance, VLO shares gained by 4.60% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 24.56% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 43.05% 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 51.20, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 44.27, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.61 for Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 94.08, while it was recorded at 104.93 for the last single week of trading, and 78.09 for the last 200 days.

Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] shares currently have an operating margin of +2.00 and a Gross Margin at +2.83. Valero Energy Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +0.81.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 4.96, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.67.

Valero Energy Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.90 and a Current Ratio set at 1.30.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] stock

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 -13.80%.

Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $32,965 million, or 79.50% of VLO stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of VLO stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 46,455,727, which is approximately 0.283% of the company’s market cap and around 0.30% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 37,549,543 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $3.87 billion in VLO stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.93 billion in VLO stock with ownership of nearly -0.637% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Valero Energy Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 571 institutional holders increased their position in Valero Energy Corporation [NYSE:VLO] by around 23,802,499 shares. Additionally, 445 investors decreased positions by around 20,470,902 shares, while 148 investors held positions by with 275,623,432 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 319,896,833 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. VLO stock had 161 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,919,519 shares, while 70 institutional investors sold positions of 1,159,865 shares during the same period.