Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil refining giant Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Valero and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Valero facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Antonio, Texas (1955)

Market Cap

$24.2 billion


Oil and gas refining and marketing

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$139.3 billion


Chairman/CEO William Klesse

CFO Michael Ciskowski

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$2.6 billion / $7.1 billion

Dividend Yield






Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 4,524 members who have rated Valero believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, FortressAssetMgm, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Valero is one of the largest independent refiners in the U.S. ... As pipeline capacity and other infrastructure projects relieve the supply glut in Cushing, OK, discounted crude oil will flow south to the Gulf Coast. Valero is already expanding capacity and should realize gross margins more similar to Mid-Continent refiners like HollyFrontier.

Additionally, Valero is spinning off its retail segment (i.e. gas stations). Current investors will be able to enjoy a healthy balance between strong retail sales and improved gross refining margins.

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