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 respected four-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

$21.1 billion


Oil and gas refining and marketing

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$136.6 billion


Chairman/CEO William Klesse

President/COO Joseph Gorder

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$1.7 billion / $7.1 billion

Dividend Yield






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

On CAPS, 96% of the 4,521 members who have rated Valero believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Earlier today, one of those Fools, All-Star AndreCCCP, succinctly summed up the Valero bull case for our community:

[W]ell positioned to benefit from the increasing oil production from shale plays and the Canadian oil sands. Most of this oil is traveling through the Mid-Continent and heading toward the Gulf Coast. We see Valero, as the largest Gulf Coast refiner, benefiting from the increasing supplies, which should lead to lower input costs, creating a cost advantage. We also expect Valero to gain from higher global distillate demand.

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