Valero Energy Corp

  • Japan Is Changing The Energy Market

    By Joshua Bondy - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BTU, SPWR, VLO

    Japan is known as the land of the rising sun, and for good reason. The country has some of the best renewable energy feed-in tariffs in the world. Beyond wind and solar, the country is changing other industries. Recently, imports of crude oil and heavy fuel oil have seen a strong boost. Beyond buying the Nikkei, there are many ways for energy investors to invest in Japan. 

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  • Are Refiners Making a Comeback?

    By Lior Cohen - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: MPC, VLO, WNR

    During the past month, petroleum-refining companies have rallied:  Shares of Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) rose by nearly 3.8%. Based on the latest development in the oil market including the sharp rise in the price for oil, will shares of leading refining companies keep rising? Is the refinery industry heating up? 

    Refinery inputs are rising

    According the U.S Energy Information Administration, in the past several months refinery inputs have more »

  • Are You Prepared for a Refinery Turnaround?

    By Piyush Arora - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: PSX, TSO, VLO

    Thanks to the rapid development of pipeline infrastructure, refineries now have better access to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude-oil feed. This, in turn, has caused a spike in WTI crude demand. The oil is also relatively easier to refine, which altogether has sent prices soaring. Over the last year, WTI spot prices have risen by nearly 16%, while Brent crude prices have remained flat.

    As a result, WTI-Brent spreads have more »

  • 3 Oil and Gas Refinery Companies Utilizing Alternative Means to High Revenue Ends

    By Madhukar Dubey - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: DAR, PSX, VLO

    With the rising population and increased usage of vehicles, the global demand for crude oil will increase from 64.4 million barrels a day in 2013 to 92 million barrels a day in 2014 according to the International Energy Agency, reported Bloomberg News. Due to this rising demand, prices of oil products are rising. To take advantage of this scenario, oil and gas refineries are expanding with various cost effective more »

  • Hop Aboard This Growth Train Before It's Too Late

    By Joseph Harry - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, UNP, VLO

    The future of the rail industry looks incredibly bright. The rail industry is currently shipping the most crude since the Standard Oil days of John D. Rockefeller, according to Bloomberg. It's a good idea to get in on this growth trend now, and here's how you can do it. 

    Buffett believes in rail...

    In 2009, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) bought out the remaining shares of Burlington Northern Santa more »

  • Do Squeezed Margins Spell Trouble for These Refiners?

    By Bob Ciura - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: MPC, PSX, VLO

    To say that the publicly-traded oil refinery stocks had been on a tear in recent months would be an understatement. For instance, Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) traded for $30 per share shortly after being spun-off from ConocoPhillips back in June 2012, then soared to $70 per share one year later.

    The economics of the refining industry were extremely favorable for these stocks as oil prices stayed low, and consequently, their more »

  • This Refiner Seems Cheap, Here's What to Watch For

    By Matthew Frankel - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, TSO, VLO

    Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) is one of the largest refiners and marketers of petroleum products in the U.S., with about 845,000 barrels per day of refining capacity and more than 2,200 retail branded gas stations. Although the company has done very well over the past several years, shares have been on a slump lately, down more than 15% in just the past few months. With Tesoro set to more »

  • 3 Refiners With Potential Upside

    By Anh HOANG - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: HFC, VLO, WNR

    Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) has dropped significantly since the beginning of February, from more than $46 per share to only $36 per share. Scott Black, the Chairman and CIO of Delphi Management, has taken advantage of the low stock price to add more Valero’s shares to his portfolio. Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global is also bullish about the firm, owning more than 6.7 million shares in the company more »

  • Why Oil Prices Could Plummet in 2014

    By Marie Palumbo - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: CVI, MMP, MPC, PSX, VLO

    Filling up the gas tank is always a challenge. It's painful to watch as the dollar amount rises far more quickly than the gallons going into your tank.  Thankfully, there’s hope: new pipelines to Gulf Coast refineries bring the (hopeful) promise of lower gas prices to drivers throughout the United States. But while construction may yield some tangible results for consumers, investors are in the best position to more »

  • A Dirty Business You Can Bet Your Clean Money On

    By Shweta Dubey - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: DAR, REGI, VLO

    According to research conducted in 2011 by the United States Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes approximately 2,000 pounds of food every year. This includes 185 pounds of meat, 85 pounds of fats and oils, 415 pounds of vegetables, and 630 pounds of milk and milk products. As a result of this consumption, U.S. fast food restaurants produce three billion gallons of used cooking oil and one more »

  • Are You Patient Enough to Invest?

    By Joshua Bondy - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CF, SPY, VLO

    Patience is virtue. It is a state of being that is developed over time. Being a good investor is about more than finding a great company at a great price. If you don't have enough patience, your chance of earning a reasonable return is very small. Understanding a company's valuation and its prospects is important, but you need to be able to wait years for time to work more »

  • Why This Refiner Is Too Cheap to Ignore

    By Matthew Frankel - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CST, XOM, TSO, VLO

    At a time when many companies seem to be hitting new highs on a daily basis, there are still some bargains to be found. After soaring for most of 2012 and the early part of this year, Valero (NYSE: VLO) has been on a steady decline since March. Now down more than 30% since that time, I think Valero may be one of the few great bargains left in this more »

  • The Bluest of the Blue Chips

    By Greg Williamson - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, XOM, VLO

     Blue chips are well-established, financially sound companies with products that almost everyone loves. Investing in blue chip companies and reinvesting the dividends is a strategy that can provide reliable, market beating returns over the long term.

    A blue chip myth

    A myth regarding blue chip companies is that their days of growth are over and that an investor can only achieve minimal returns by investing in them.

    While this may more »

  • Shrinking Brent-WTI Spread: Why You Should Avoid These Midwest Refiners

    By Sarfaraz Khan - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: HFC, MPC, VLO

    The Brent crude-West Texas Intermediate (WTI) spread has fallen to its lowest levels in more than two and a half years to $4.31 by the end of first week of June. This after touching this year’s peak of $23.19 in the first quarter, which shows a decline of more than 80%. The spread represents the difference between Europe’s Brent crude and the WTI crude, which trades more »

  • Is America Creating an Oil Bubble?

    By Joshua Bondy - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, TSLA, VLO

    With everyone looking for oil, it is possible we have an oil bust in the making. Production and consumption levels are the canaries in the coal mine. In the past 10 years U.S. oil consumption has fallen 7.38%, while U.S. oil production has risen 20.96%. These numbers do not mean that it is certain that an oil bust is coming, but it is a possibility. 

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  • Investing in Japanese Convenience

    By Matthew Luke - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: CST, SVNDY, VLO

    Formally a NYSE-traded company founded in Dallas nearly 90 years ago, 7-Eleven was acquired in 2005 by the Tokyo-based retail giant Seven & i Holdings Co. (NASDAQOTH: SVNDY). 7-Eleven had actually been a Japanese company long before that point, though. In the 1980s, 7-Eleven’s mismanagement nearly led the company right into bankruptcy. The company was bailed out by its largest franchisee, the Japanese Ito-Yokado, which purchased a substantial stake in more »

  • Filling Up Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: MPC, PSX, VLO

    Over the past twelve months, the oil and gas refiners have been filling up portfolios with growth in their stock prices. All the major refining and marketing companies are up over 50% during the past twelve months, these include Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX)Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and Valero (NYSE: VLO)

    The refining companies could continue their solid outperformance over the interim. The Energy Information Administration estimates that oil production more »
  • Billionaire Andreas Halvorsen’s New Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: ADBE, CX, MPC, BA, VLO

    We track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds, including billionaire (and Tiger Cub) Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global. We have found that the information in 13Fs can be used to develop profitable investing strategies; for example, the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds earn an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year (learn more about our small cap strategy). By comparing the most recent more »

  • Billionaire Andreas Halvorsen’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: COF, LYB, MPC, ALL, VLO

    Viking Global, a hedge fund managed by billionaire and Tiger Cub Andreas Halvorsen, filed its 13F for the first quarter of 2013 with the SEC in May. These filings disclose many of hedge funds’ long equity positions in U.S. stocks as of the end of the most recent fiscal quarter; despite the age of this information, we’ve actually found that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge more »

  • Don't Miss the Value in Valero

    By Joshua Bondy - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, PSX, VLO

    The refinery business isn't very exciting, but it can be profitable. With the growth in American energy production and ban on raw crude exports, many refineries have seen their business boom. Using a simple two-stage discounted cash flow calculation, Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) stands out as a refiner that is undervalued with an attractive future. 

    VLO Free Cash Flow Per Share TTM data by YCharts

    Two Stage Discounted Cash more »

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