Media stories about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Qualys earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the software maker an impact score of 46.1050975420518 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Kristi Marie Rogers Sells 10,000 Shares of Qualys Inc (QLYS) Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Qualys (QLYS) Upgraded at BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
- Qualys (QLYS) Upgraded to “Strong-Buy” at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Qualys (QLYS) and Imperva (IMPV) Are Aggressive Growth Rank Buys (finance.yahoo.com)
- Bull Of the Day: Qualys (QLYS) (finance.yahoo.com)
Shares of Qualys (NASDAQ QLYS) opened at $72.25 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,740.00, a P/E ratio of 70.15, a PEG ratio of 4.94 and a beta of 1.01. Qualys has a 1 year low of $33.75 and a 1 year high of $73.40.
Qualys declared that its board has approved a share buyback plan on Monday, February 12th that permits the company to repurchase $100.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the software maker to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.
Several research firms recently issued reports on QLYS. Needham & Company LLC raised their price target on Qualys from $70.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $62.00 price objective on Qualys and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Summit Redstone upgraded Qualys from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $67.00 price objective on shares of Qualys in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price objective on Qualys to $65.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $64.83.
In other news, Director Kristi Marie Rogers sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.87, for a total value of $718,700.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 21,155 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,520,409.85. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Bruce K. Posey sold 28,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.51, for a total value of $1,890,280.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 60,997 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,117,907.47. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 209,280 shares of company stock valued at $12,940,556. 20.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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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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