Valero Energy (VLO) Stock Buy Rating Reiterated at Citigroup; The Price Objective is Set to $68, LPL Financial Holdings (LPLA) Had 1 Analysts Last Week

July 17, 2017 - By Vivian Park

Among 19 analysts covering Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO), 11 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 58% are positive. Valero Energy Corporation has $95 highest and $54 lowest target. $72.70’s average target is 7.37% above currents $67.71 stock price. Valero Energy Corporation had 40 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Wednesday, January 4 by Deutsche Bank. As per Tuesday, January 17, the company rating was downgraded by Citigroup. The stock of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has “Outperform” rating given on Monday, August 3 by Oppenheimer. The stock of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) earned “Neutral” rating by Goldman Sachs on Tuesday, May 16. Credit Suisse maintained Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) on Tuesday, January 26 with “Outperform” rating. Mizuho maintained Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) rating on Friday, February 3. Mizuho has “Buy” rating and $58 target. The stock of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, May 19 by UBS. The rating was maintained by Citigroup on Wednesday, October 19 with “Buy”. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Friday, May 26 by Piper Jaffray. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Wednesday, December 16 by Argus Research.

Among 10 analysts covering LPL Financial Holdings (NASDAQ:LPLA), 1 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 8 Hold. Therefore 10% are positive. LPL Financial Holdings had 28 analyst reports since August 6, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Friday, March 18 by Credit Suisse. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Thursday, June 2 with “Neutral”. The stock of LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) has “Sell” rating given on Tuesday, April 5 by Goldman Sachs. On Wednesday, October 12 the stock rating was downgraded by JP Morgan to “Neutral”. Citigroup maintained it with “Neutral” rating and $28.50 target in Friday, May 27 report. The firm has “Market Perform” rating by Wells Fargo given on Friday, February 12. The firm has “Neutral” rating by Credit Suisse given on Friday, February 12. The stock of LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, March 23 by SunTrust. Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to “Neutral” rating in Tuesday, January 10 report. The stock of LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) has “Underweight” rating given on Monday, September 26 by Morgan Stanley. See LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) latest ratings:

05/06/2017 Broker: Keefe Bruyette & Woods Rating: Buy New Target: $48.0000 Maintain

Investors sentiment increased to 1.67 in 2016 Q4. Its up 0.88, from 0.79 in 2016Q3. It is positive, as 13 investors sold LPL Financial Holdings Inc shares while 47 reduced holdings. 57 funds opened positions while 43 raised stakes. 81.86 million shares or 13.14% less from 94.24 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Proshare Advsrs Ltd Liability, Maryland-based fund reported 10,912 shares. The New York-based Jpmorgan Chase & has invested 0% in LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA). 80,534 were reported by Products Prns Limited. The Texas-based Teacher Retirement Sys Of Texas has invested 0% in LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA). Moreover, Schwab Charles has 0.02% invested in LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) for 484,302 shares. Us Savings Bank De has 0% invested in LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) for 82 shares. Voloridge Invest Limited Liability Com holds 44,942 shares or 0.03% of its portfolio. Hanseatic Mngmt Svcs holds 21,770 shares or 0.43% of its portfolio. Bluecrest Capital Mngmt Limited stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA). 324 are owned by Acadian Asset Limited Liability Corporation. 2.80M were accumulated by Invesco Limited. Goldman Sachs Grp Inc Incorporated reported 694,752 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Jane Street Gru Limited holds 23,718 shares. Princeton Alpha Mgmt Lp holds 23,342 shares or 0.17% of its portfolio. First Limited Partnership accumulated 226,849 shares or 0.02% of the stock.

Since February 13, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 10 selling transactions for $68.94 million activity. $36.00 million worth of LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) was sold by Hellman Marco on Monday, February 13. Arnold Dan H. also sold $603,832 worth of LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) on Monday, March 13. $2.37 million worth of LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) was sold by Casady Mark S on Wednesday, February 22. 10,747 shares were sold by Calder Tracy, worth $419,721. Morrissey William P. Jr. sold $1.26M worth of stock. Shares for $1.00 million were sold by White George Burton on Wednesday, February 22. Kalbaugh John Andrew had sold 30,000 shares worth $1.19 million.

LPL Financial Holdings Inc. is a broker-dealer, a custodian for registered investment advisors and an independent consultant to retirement plans. The company has market cap of $3.98 billion. The Firm provides a platform of brokerage and investment advisory services to independent financial advisors, including financial advisors at financial institutions across the country. It has a 20.74 P/E ratio. It also supported approximately 4,000 financial advisors, affiliated and licensed with insurance companies through customized clearing services, advisory platforms and technology solutions, as of December 31, 2016.

About 140,267 shares traded. LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) has risen 64.23% since July 17, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 47.53% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.06 in Q4 2016. Its up 0.05, from 1.01 in 2016Q3. It is positive, as 56 investors sold Valero Energy Corporation shares while 309 reduced holdings. 120 funds opened positions while 268 raised stakes. 341.48 million shares or 0.17% less from 342.05 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. Federated Invsts Pa stated it has 0.17% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). Renaissance Grp Limited Liability Corp holds 38,996 shares or 0.11% of its portfolio. Snow Mngmt Lp holds 0.06% or 18,902 shares in its portfolio. Ibm Retirement Fund has 44,048 shares. Community Bank Na holds 0.01% or 400 shares. Sls Mgmt Lc reported 25,450 shares or 2.36% of all its holdings. Lee Danner And Bass Incorporated stated it has 11,179 shares or 0.09% of all its holdings. Morgan Stanley holds 0.12% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) for 5.51 million shares. Henderson Gru Plc reported 0.03% of its portfolio in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO). 30,334 are owned by Whittier Of Nevada Incorporated. Moors And Cabot Inc, Massachusetts-based fund reported 3,690 shares. Commonwealth Equity Serv Inc reported 65,753 shares. 150 were reported by North Star Corporation. 20,603 are held by Loudon Investment Limited Liability Company. Barnett & has invested 0% in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO).

Analysts await Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) to report earnings on July, 27 before the open. They expect $1.28 earnings per share, up 19.63% or $0.21 from last year’s $1.07 per share. VLO’s profit will be $574.69 million for 13.22 P/E if the $1.28 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.68 actual earnings per share reported by Valero Energy Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 88.24% EPS growth.

Valero Energy Corporation is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer. The company has market cap of $30.40 billion. The Company’s divisions include refining, ethanol and Valero Energy Partners LP (VLP). It has a 14.92 P/E ratio. The refining segment includes its refining activities and the associated marketing activities.

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