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's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Valero facts

Headquarters (founded) San Antonio, Texas (1955)
Market Cap $17.7 billion
Industry Oil and gas refining and marketing
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $137.3 billion
Management Chairman/CEO William Klesse
CFO Michael Ciskowski
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 6.2%
Cash/Debt $1.3 billion / $7.0 billion
Dividend Yield 2.1%
Competitors BP

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 4,547 members who have rated Valero believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star Staka, offered a balanced take on the opportunity:


- Good momentum (chart and business)

- Planned selling of retail business will unlock value

- Growing export business provides higher profits than in the US

- Transformation of unprofitable Aruba refinery into storage facility will bring down costs and increase margins


- Cyclical value

- Growing oil price

- Investments into ethanol production facilities might stay unprofitable if corn prices stay high

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