Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 8/18/14, Valero Energy Corp. (Symbol: VLO) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.275, payable on 9/17/14. As a percentage of VLO's recent stock price of $51.84, this dividend works out to approximately 0.53%, so look for shares of Valero Energy Corp. to trade 0.53% lower - all else being equal - when VLO shares open for trading on 8/18/14.
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from VLO is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 2.12% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of VLO shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, VLO's low point in its 52 week range is $33.20 per share, with $59.69 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $51.98.
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, VLO makes up 4.67% of the PowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Portfolio ETF (Symbol: PXE) which is trading higher by about 0.3% on the day Thursday.
In Thursday trading, Valero Energy Corp. shares are currently up about 1% on the day.