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Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 26492.91. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Valero Energy Corporation is 57.62 (with a change from open of 1.27%), this in conjunction with a target price of 64.25. Volume today has so far reached 2781434, with an average volume of about 6364.34. The GAP for this stock, is 0.30%.

The P/E ratio is 9.17, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 10.85. The current EPS for Valero Energy Corporation, is 6.19, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 14.50%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to -17.19%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Valero Energy Corporation, EPS is looking like it will grow 56.84% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be -10.40%. Quarter over quarter is -34.40% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -22.00%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 37.50%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 1.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.10% and institutional ownership is 81.80%. Shares outstanding is 467, while shares float is at a value of 459.03. Float short for Valero Energy Corporation is 3.67% and the short ratio is 2.64.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 0.32, while the total debt/equity comes to 0.36. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.9, and the quick ratio is 1.2. The most recent gross margin is 15.50% and their operating margin is 6.30%. The profit margin is 3.90%.

Valero Energy Corporation has seen returns on assets of 6.60%, and on investment, 16.10%. Return on equity is 14.40%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is . Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 0.35, with Price/book ratio coming to 1.29 and Price/cash is 5.38, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is 11.02.

The simple moving averages are 8.52% and -0.87% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -19.50% and the 52 week low is 24.29%.

Valero Energy Corporation has a dividend yield of 4.23%, with a current price of 57.62. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 33.80%. This is in an industry, Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Basic Materials. Valero Energy Corporation is based in USA.

Performance in the Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing industry means that Valero Energy Corporation has seen performance for the past week of 3.30%, with performance for the month coming to 2.83%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 10.94%, and for the half year the performance is -2.67%. Volatility for this week is 2.77% and for the month this is 2.01%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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