Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Shares in Valero Energy Co. (VLO) Purchased by KCS Wealth Advisory

About 1.76 million shares traded. Westchester Capital Management Inc., a Nebraska-based fund reported 131,210 shares.#img1#. Oakworth Capital Inc. now owns 2,684 shares of the company's stock worth $142,000 after buying an additional 85 shares during the last quarter.

There are 1,014 institutional holders with active positions, accounting for 358.2 million shares in total.

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. It has underperformed by 1.41% the S&P500. Insiders sold 301,287 shares of company stock worth $27,860,150 over the last ninety days. Salem Counselors holds 682 shares. Quantum Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Facebook Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $545.62 billion market cap company. The stock decreased 0.25% or $0.21 during the last trading session, reaching $82.55. About 2.68 million shares traded. Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALDR) has declined 33.67% since January 12, 2017 and is downtrending. It has outperformed by 10.05% the S&P500.

Analysts await Yum! Brands, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 17.65% EPS growth. (NASDAQ:FB). Meeder Asset Mgmt reported 1.11% stake. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.87, for a total value of $126,192.00.

Among 26 analysts covering YUM! (NASDAQ:CSCO), 24 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 13 Hold. Therefore 57% are positive.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on VLO shares. The rating was maintained by Citigroup with "Buy" on Wednesday, October 18. On Monday, August 22 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with "Neutral". BTIG Research maintained the shares of YUM in report on Thursday, July 14 with "Neutral" rating. (NASDAQ:EA) rating on Friday, September 23. The firm has "Buy" rating by Wells Fargo given on Wednesday, August 5. On Monday, May 2 the stock rating was upgraded by Cormark Securities to "Buy". Nomura maintained Cisco Systems, Inc. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Valero Energy from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $87.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. The company was maintained on Thursday, May 12 by Stifel Nicolaus. Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) on Friday, February 10 with "Buy" rating. The firm has "Buy" rating by Tudor Pickering given on Wednesday, November 16.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.25, from 1.4 in 2017Q2. 97 funds opened positions while 258 raised stakes. The oil and gas company reported $1.91 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.83 by $0.08. Old Mutual Customised Solutions (Proprietary) Limited stated it has 0.07% in Yum! Duncker Streett & invested in 249 shares or 0.01% of the stock. The Ohio-based Randolph Co Inc has invested 4.36% in the stock. Deutsche Financial Bank Ag has invested 0.08% in Yum!

Public Sector Pension Investment Board increased Caterpillar Inc Del (NYSE:CAT) stake by 140,637 shares to 207,841 valued at $25.92M in 2017Q3. Jackson Square Prns Ltd Liability Company holds 4.63M shares. Leavell Investment Management Inc.'s holdings in Valero Energy were worth $938,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. Hirtle Callaghan And Lc owns 0% invested in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) for 540 shares. Segall Bryant And Hamill Limited Liability Corp has invested 0.01% in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Clinton Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Valero Energy by 42.3% in the second quarter. Centurylink Investment has 24,260 shares. Westpac Banking holds 0.44% or 595,437 shares in its portfolio. Citigroup Inc reported 178,869 shares stake. It dived, as 53 investors sold FB shares while 618 reduced holdings. Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM) for 11,232 shares. Optimum Investment Advisors now owns 14,352 shares of the oil and gas company's stock worth $968,000 after acquiring an additional 152 shares during the last quarter.

Since August 9, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $616,871 activity. ETRADE Capital Management LLC now owns 10,407 shares of the oil and gas company's stock worth $702,000 after acquiring an additional 184 shares during the last quarter. It also upped Itron Inc (NASDAQ:ITRI) stake by 9,502 shares and now owns 31,406 shares.

Since September 6, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 insider sales for $27.57 million activity.

In other news, CFO Michael S. Ciskowski sold 45,657 shares of Valero Energy stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 20th.

At the session level, shares of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) moved -0.04% from the open. FinnCap maintained Central Asia Metals Plc (LON:CAML) rating on Tuesday, April 4. The company was initiated on Friday, July 24 by Macquarie Research. Waters Stephen M also sold $102,000 worth of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) shares. Barclays increased their price target on Valero Energy from $86.00 to $108.00 and gave the stock an "overweight" rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. The company was downgraded on Friday, October 6 by JP Morgan. The stock has "Buy" rating by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, August 30. Ellington Mngmt Gru Limited Liability holds 0.31% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) for 23,900 shares. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.16 on a per share basis this quarter. VLO's profit will be $551.39 million for 19.18 P/E if the $1.26 EPS becomes a reality. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Valero Energy's Q1 2018 earnings at $1.55 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $1.89 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $1.79 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $1.90 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $7.11 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $6.55 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $6.24 EPS.

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