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Valero Energy Corporation [NYSE: VLO] stock went up by 0.99% or 0.76 points up from its previous closing price of $76.50. The stock reached $77.26 during the last trading session. During the course of the last 5 trading session in the week, VLO share price went up during 2 out of 5 days, that way gaining +3.75% in the period of the last 7 days.

VLO had two major price movements with the latest trading session as the price jumped to a high of $78.07, at one point touching $76.47. The latest high is set lower that the high price recorded in the period of the last 52 weeks, set at $78.07. The 52-week high currently stands at $122.42 distance from the present share price, noting recovery -34.54% after the recent low of $68.81.

Valero Energy Corporation [NYSE:VLO]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Pro stock traders frequently make sure to pay attention what expert market analysts are saying about a potential stock buy. Regarding Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] right now, the most recent ratings from Wall St. analysts that we can see right now is regarding the quarter that’s slated to end in December. On average, stock market experts give VLO an Outperform rating. Its stock price has been found in the range of 68.81 to 122.42. This is compared to its latest closing price of $76.50.

Wall Street analysts provide their ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, and the current average score for Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] is sitting at 1.89. This is compared to 1 month ago, when its average rating was 2.00.

For the quarter ending in Mar-19 Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] generated $24.26 billion in sales. That’s 12.78% higher than the average estimate of $21.51 billion as provided by Wall Street analysts. The three indicators above suggest that overall, this stock is demonstrating a mixed bag of positive appeal and some drawbacks, making it a somewhat risky investment that also has the potential to generate high ROI in the long run.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next scheduled financial results to be made public for this company, which are scheduled to be released on Thu 25 Jul (In 41 Days).

Fundamental Analysis of Valero Energy Corporation [VLO]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] sitting at +3.99 and its Gross Margin at +4.82, this company’s Net Margin is now 2.40%. These metrics indicate that this company is not generating as much profit, after accounting for expenses, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 14.70, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 11.90%. Its Return on Equity is 14.26, and its Return on Assets is 6.14. These metrics show a mixed bag, which means that this investment’s attractiveness can be quickly increased or decreased in the short term, depending on future updates VLO financial performance.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 42.04. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 29.60, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 17.97. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 40.94, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 28.82.

What about valuation? This company’s Enterprise Value to EBITDA is 5.53 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 1.35. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 0.32, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.23. Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] has a Price to Book Ratio of 1.44, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 7.34 and P/E Ratio of 11.78. These metrics all suggest that Valero Energy Corporation is more likely to generate a positive ROI.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] earns $11,405,613 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 16.41 and its Total Asset Turnover is 2.31. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 1.04 and its Current Ratio is 1.65. This company, considering these metrics, has a healthy ratio between its short-term liquid assets and its short-term liabilities, making it a less risky investment.

Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] has 416.00M shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $32.14B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 68.81 to 122.42. At its current price, it has moved down by -36.89% from its 52-week high, and it has moved up 12.28% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 1.36, which indicates that it is 1.89% more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 47.42. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is Valero Energy Corporation [VLO] a Reliable Buy?

Shares of Valero Energy Corporation [VLO], on the whole, present investors with both positive and negative signals. Wall Street analysts have mixed reviews when it comes to the 12-month price outlook, and this company’s financials show a combination of strengths and weaknesses. Based on the price performance, this investment is somewhat risky while presenting reasonable potential for ROI.