Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO ) will begin trading ex-dividend on August 18, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.275 per share is scheduled to be paid on September 17, 2014. Shareholders who purchased VLO stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 10% increase over the prior quarter. At the current stock price of $52.78, the dividend yield is 2.08%.
The previous trading day's last sale of VLO was $52.78, representing a -11.58% decrease from the 52 week high of $59.69 and a 58.98% increase over the 52 week low of $33.20.
VLO is a part of the Energy sector, which includes companies such as Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM ) and Chevron Corporation ( CVX ). VLO's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $5.59. Zacks Investment Research reports VLO's forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as 22.19%, compared to an industry average of 9.4%.
Interested in gaining exposure to VLO through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have VLO as a top-10 holding:
- PowerShares Dynamic Energy E&P ( PXE )
- iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF ( IEO )
- SPDR MFS Systematic Core Equity ETF ( SYE )
- PowerShares DWA Energy Momentum Portfolio ( PXI )
- First Trust Energy AlphaDEX Fund ( FXN ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is IEO with an increase of 9.03% over the last 100 days. PXE has the highest percent weighting of VLO at 4.79%.