Nisa Investment Advisors LLC decreased its stake in shares of Valero Energy Co. (NYSE:VLO) by 6.0% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 158,656 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 10,107 shares during the period. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Valero Energy were worth $14,577,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of VLO. Willingdon Wealth Management bought a new position in Valero Energy in the 3rd quarter worth about $100,000. Cable Hill Partners LLC increased its stake in Valero Energy by 1,015.3% in the 3rd quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC now owns 1,316 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $101,000 after acquiring an additional 1,198 shares during the last quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA increased its stake in Valero Energy by 2,272.1% in the 3rd quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA now owns 1,447 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $112,000 after acquiring an additional 1,386 shares during the last quarter. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC increased its stake in Valero Energy by 300.6% in the 3rd quarter. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC now owns 1,863 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $143,000 after acquiring an additional 1,398 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC bought a new position in Valero Energy in the 3rd quarter worth about $160,000. 81.31% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Valero Energy Co. (NYSE VLO) opened at $96.75 on Friday. 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 capitalization of $42,730.00, a PE ratio of 20.99, a PEG ratio of 1.57 and a beta of 1.20. Valero Energy Co. has a 1 year low of $60.69 and a 1 year high of $97.00.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The oil and gas company reported $1.91 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.83 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $23.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates 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 was up 19.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.24 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Valero Energy Co. will post 4.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Stephen M. Waters sold 1,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.87, for a total transaction of $126,192.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Michael S. Ciskowski sold 45,657 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.91, for a total value of $4,059,363.87. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 57,589 shares in the company, valued at $5,120,237.99. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 301,287 shares of company stock worth $27,860,150 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 0.45% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on Valero Energy in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $91.00 target price on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded Valero Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Scotiabank restated a “buy” rating and issued a $93.00 target price on shares of Valero Energy in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and issued a $78.00 target price on shares of Valero Energy in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Standpoint Research lowered Valero Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $84.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $81.41.

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Valero Energy 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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