|SoTM Bull's Eye Report - Today's Most Compelling Buy |
Friday, March 22, 2013
At StateoftheMarkets.com, we strive to "own the best and ignore the rest" in our equity portfolios. Toward this end, each day we search our database for a "top stock" (a top rated company in terms of earnings strength as well as company and industry performance) that presents a strong technical "set up" and a good entry point.
In short, when our equity team is looking to add a stock to one of our portfolios, the "bull's eye" stock shown below is generally their first choice.
|Valero Energy Corp ||VLO || Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing || 5.7 || +24.52% || $42.19 |
Why We Like The Stock:
Valero Energy Corp (VLO) is our most compelling buy today due to the fact that it is a top- rated stock (in terms of earnings strength and company/industry performance) in one of the top-performing sub-industries of 2013, Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing. VLO was Tuesday's Bull's Eye pick, though the stock looks even more attractive after a few more days of forming a solid base at $44. Refiners continue to look extremely attractive in the short-term at current prices. Along with VLO, Western Refining (WNR), HollyFrontier Corp (HFC), and Tesoro Corp (TSO) all look great, though we like VLO a bit better on a long-term basis. Currently, the stock has pulled back off of its early March highs, continues to base above the 50-day moving average despite the recent volatility in the market, and seems to be back on the upswing. With an immediate upside to ~$49 and support at $42, VLO is once again a compelling buy this morning.
|We Would Be Buyers: |
At the current price (~$44.35), or on a pullback to $43.
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|Company Profile: |
Valero Energy Corporation (Valero) is an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. Valero’s refineries can produce conventional gasoline’s, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other refined products, as well as a slate of premium products, including conventional blendstock for oxygenate blending and reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenate blending, gasoline meeting the specifications of the California Air Resources Board, a diesel fuel, and low-sulfur and ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel. It also owns 10 ethanol plants in the central plains region of the United States with a combined ethanol nameplate production capacity of about 1.1 billion gallons per year. It operates in three business segments: refining, ethanol, and retail. On October 1, 2011, it acquired the Meraux Refinery and related logistics assets from Murphy Oil Corporation. On August 1, 2011, it acquired 100% interest of Chevron Limited from a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation.
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