2 Stocks Making Case For Big Gains: Valero Energy Corporation (VLO), Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS)

16 analysts out of 19 Wall Street brokerage firms rate Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 3 describe it as a Hold. VLO stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $78.07. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $76.475. Analysts have set VLO’s consensus price at $106.19, effectively giving it a 37.44% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $135 (up 74.73% from current price levels). VLO has a 12.9% ROE, higher than the 10.1% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 14.22%.

It is expected that in Jun 2019 quarter VLO will have an EPS of $2.09, suggesting a -2.79% growth. For Sep 2019 is projected at $2.12. It means that there could be a 5.47% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by -12.62% to about $6.44. As for the coming year, growth will be about 73.45%, lifting earnings to $11.17. RSI after the last trading period was 47.42. VLO recorded a change of 3.75% over the past week and returned -9.04% over the last three months while the VLO stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -6.87%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at 3.05%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of 5.45% while the shares have moved -34.54% for the past 12 months.

Valero Energy Corporation (VLO) currently trades at $77.26, which is higher by 0.99% its previous price. It has a total of 416 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 2.2. The company’s stock volume dropped to 2.81 million, worse than 3.61 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day increase of about 3.75% in its price means VLO is now 3.05% higher on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43382.74 since its $122.42 52-week high price recorded on 28th of August 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -34.54 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $8.45 above the 52 week low of $68.81 set on 26th of December 2018.

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO)’s EPS was $0.34 as reported for the March quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $1. That means that its growth in general now stands at -66%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.23 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 48%. VLO March quarter revenue was $24.26 billion, compared to $26.44 billion recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a -8% growth rate. The company’s $-2.18 billion revenue decline that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) shares appreciated 0.49% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to 4.94%. LVS’s price now at $57.32 is weaker than the 50-day average of $62.61. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $58.78 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 375.32 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 752.69 million. The company’s management holds a total of 20.8%, while institutional investors hold about 38.6% of the remaining shares. LVS share price finished last trade -0.29% below its 20 day simple moving average and its downbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is -2.55%, while closing the session with -8.66% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) shares were last observed trading -29.62% down since June 18, 2018 when the peak of $81.45 was hit. Last month’s price growth of -8.61% puts LVS performance for the year now at 10.12%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 20.95%, a 52-week worst price since Dec. 24, 2018. However, it is regaining value with 5.68% in the last 6 months. From a technical perspective, it appears more likely that the stock will experience a Bull Run market as a result of the strong support seen recently between $56.63 and $56.98. The immediate resistance area is now $57.79 Williams’s %R (14) for LVS moved to 31.35 while the stochastic %K points at 73.85.

LVS’s beta is 1.55; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $2.89 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $3.65 billion, which was 2% versus $3.58 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Mar 19 quarter came in at $0.91 compared to $1.04 in the year-ago quarter and had represented -13% year-over-year earnings per share growth. LVS’s ROA is 6.8%, lower than the 7.8% industry average. Although a more robust percentage would be better, consideration is given to how well peers within the industry performed. Companies within the sector had an ROA of 7.03%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) are around $0.8 per share in three months through June with $0.82 also the estimate for September quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at 8.11% and 6.49%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be 8.13%, the target being $3.59 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to -3.9%, more likely to see it hit the $3.45 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 11.2%. LVS ranks lower in comparison to an average of 15.65% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 9.12%.