News headlines about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Qualys earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the software maker an impact score of 45.2311093571166 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- $58.60 Million in Sales Expected for Qualys, Inc. (QLYS) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
- Qualys, Inc. (QLYS) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
- Premier, Inc. (PINC) is at $32.84 per share and Qualys, Inc. (QLYS) is listed at $50.60 – Stocks Gallery (stocksgallery.com)
- Financial Review: Qualys (QLYS) & Nutanix (NTNX) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Head to Head Survey: Qualys (QLYS) and Its Rivals (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) traded up 1.38% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $51.30. 700,327 shares of the company traded hands. Qualys has a 12 month low of $30.61 and a 12 month high of $51.95. The company’s 50 day moving average is $46.35 and its 200-day moving average is $41.07. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.92 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 50.20 and a beta of 0.89.
Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The software maker reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.10 by $0.08. Qualys had a net margin of 18.92% and a return on equity of 14.69%. The firm had revenue of $55.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $54.87 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.20 earnings per share. Qualys’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Qualys will post $0.90 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
A number of research firms have recently issued reports on QLYS. Imperial Capital reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $50.00 price target (up from $46.00) on shares of Qualys in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “sector perform” rating and issued a $45.00 price target (up from $39.00) on shares of Qualys in a research note on Tuesday, May 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Qualys from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc began coverage on shares of Qualys in a research note on Wednesday, June 7th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $45.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $50.00 price target (up from $45.00) on shares of Qualys in a research note on Thursday, July 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.45.
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In other news, Director Peter Pace sold 12,000 shares of Qualys stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.88, for a total transaction of $538,560.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 35,155 shares in the company, valued at $1,577,756.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Todd P. Headley sold 4,714 shares of Qualys stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.25, for a total transaction of $213,308.50. Following the sale, the director now owns 14,410 shares in the company, valued at approximately $652,052.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 67,708 shares of company stock worth $3,174,974 in the last quarter. Insiders own 30.20% of the company’s stock.
Qualys, Inc is a provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions. The Company’s solutions enable organizations to identify security risks to their information technology (IT) infrastructures, help protect their IT systems and applications from cyber-attacks. Its suite of security and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables its customers to identify their IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend remediation actions and verify the implementation of such actions.
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