Valero sees Q2 EPS $1.10-$1.25, consensus $1.39 Valero's refining segment operating income is expected to be higher in the second quarter of 2014 versus the second quarter of 2013 primarily due to higher throughput volumes, as well as wider discounts on sour crude oil and certain types of North American light crude oil, which offset weaker year-over-year gasoline and distillate margins in most regions. In addition, Valero's ethanol segment operating income is expected to be higher in the second quarter of 2014 versus the second quarter of 2013 mainly due to higher gross margins. Valero also expects to report a loss from discontinued operations of $63M, or 12c per share, related primarily to a noncash charge associated with recognizing an asset retirement obligation for the Aruba refinery.
Valero downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill BofA/Merill downgraded Valero to Underperform and raised its price target to $68 from $64. The firm believes the Refining sector has reverted to a trading sector and downgrade shares ahead of a seasonal slow-down in demand and a deteriorating macro backdrop.