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(VLO) Position Raised by Greenwood Capital Associates LLC

(CBSH)'s stock declined 8.46%. The institutional investor held 103,895 shares of the integrated oil company at the end of 2016Q4, valued at $7.10M, down from 254,557 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Commerce Bancshares Inc. now has $5.65 billion valuation.

The stock last traded at $71.13 which is marginally higher than the 50 day moving average of $67.83 and which is marginally over the 200 day moving average of $66.36. Next Financial Group, Inc controls 4,063 shares with a value of $274,000,000. Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) has risen 19.51% since September 18, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 30.64% the S&P500. Exane Derivatives expanded its investment by buying 1,794 shares an increase of 41.0% in the quarter. The oil and gas company reported $1.23 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.15.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. 120 funds opened positions while 268 raised stakes. Days to cover decreased from 5.0 to 5.0 and the percentage of shorted shares is 0.04% as of August 31. Copeland Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Amerisourcebergen for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $17.70B market cap company. The Lone Pine Capital Llc holds 1.90M shares with $324.46 million value, up from 1.69M last quarter. Reaves W H & holds 0.04% or 16,000 shares. Lsv Asset Mngmt has 292,217 shares for 0.02% of their portfolio. Tuttle Tactical Mngmt Ltd has 0.32% invested in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) for 4,719 shares. 285,129 are owned by Svcs Automobile Association. Swiss Bancshares reported 24,100 shares.

More notable recent Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) news were published by: Bloomberg.com which released: "Valero Says Pipeline Blocking Its Efforts to Ship More Fuel After Harvey" on September 01, 2017, also Bizjournals.com with their article: "Valero CEO Joe Gorder: We're aggressively pursuing Mexican fuels market" published on September 15, 2017, Bizjournals.com published: "Valero announces new Texas pipeline deal" on September 06, 2017. Finally, Hennessy Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Valero Energy by 23.2% in the first quarter. Savant Limited Liability, a Illinois-based fund reported 7,960 shares.

Since May 5, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 1 insider sale for $2.05 million activity. Sell-side analyst recommendations point to a short term price target of $31.72 on the company shares. The number of shares now owned by investors are 63.77 mln. The Company's divisions include refining, ethanol and Valero Energy Partners LP (VLP). The refining segment includes its refining activities and the associated marketing activities. Equities analysts anticipate that Valero Energy Corporation will post $4.29 earnings per share for the current year. The rating was upgraded by Jefferies on Thursday, June 22 to "Buy". Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 9th were paid a $0.70 dividend. The stock of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, August 31 by RBC Capital Markets. Also, Director Stephen M. Waters sold 1,500 shares of Valero Energy Corporation stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. It has been assigned a low target price of $65 and a high target price of $85. KBC Group NV now owns 720,520 shares of the company's stock valued at $36,746,000 after buying an additional 67,651 shares during the last quarter. The company was downgraded on Tuesday, May 30 by Morgan Stanley. As per Wednesday, October 26, the company rating was maintained by Howard Weil. The California-based West Oak Cap Ltd has invested 0% in Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO).

Among 5 analysts covering Peoples Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:PEBO), 0 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 41% are positive.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on VLO. The stock of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Tuesday, July 25 with "Hold". The count of Hold ratings in that period was 3. The stock of Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE:SYT) earned "Neutral" rating by Macquarie Research on Thursday, January 7. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 4 by Bernstein. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with "Neutral" on Friday, May 26. The ex-dividend date was Monday, August 7th. Keefe Bruyette & Woods maintained it with "Sell" rating and $4600 target in Monday, June 12 report. On Thursday, February 16 the stock rating was downgraded by Jefferies to "Hold". VLO's profit will be $693.40M for 11.35 P/E if the $1.57 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.23 actual earnings per share reported by Valero Energy Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 27.64% EPS growth.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.19 in Q4 2016. It is positive, as 13 investors sold CBSH shares while 63 reduced holdings. The Company owns logistics assets (crude oil pipelines, refined petroleum product pipelines, terminals, tanks, marine docks, truck rack bays and other assets) that support its refining operations. American International Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Valero Energy Corporation by 1.4% during the first quarter. Bnp Paribas Invest Ptnrs Sa accumulated 250,913 shares. Buckingham Cap has 0.15% invested in Peoples Bancorp Inc. Ngam Advsrs Limited Partnership holds 24,585 shares. Bessemer has invested 0% of its portfolio in Peoples Bancorp Inc. Mufg Americas has 0% invested in Peoples Bancorp Inc. Financial Advisory holds 8,697 shares. Prudential accumulated 9,184 shares. 45,159 were reported by Advantus Capital. Parametric Assocs Ltd Liability has 1.94M shares.

New England Research & Management Inc, which manages about $167.47M and $127.39M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in General Electric (NYSE:GE) by 14,625 shares to 104,911 shares, valued at $3.32M in 2016Q4, according to the filing. Procter And Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) was raised too.

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