Qualys (QLYS) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Accern Reports

Press coverage about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Qualys earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the software maker an impact score of 46.0942140087489 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Qualys (NASDAQ QLYS) remained flat at $52.60 on Friday. 202,315 shares of the company traded hands. Qualys has a 52-week low of $30.60 and a 52-week high of $54.15. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $51.78 and its 200-day moving average price is $44.56. The company has a market capitalization of $1.97 billion, a P/E ratio of 51.57 and a beta of 0.91.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The software maker reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.10 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $55.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $54.87 million. Qualys had a return on equity of 14.69% and a net margin of 18.92%. The business’s revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts predict that Qualys will post $0.90 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have weighed in on QLYS. BidaskClub upgraded Qualys from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Northland Securities set a $48.00 price target on Qualys and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Qualys in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Monness Crespi & Hardt began coverage on Qualys in a research note on Monday, July 10th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Finally, Robert W. Baird set a $42.00 price target on Qualys and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, July 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Qualys has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $47.17.

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In other Qualys news, Director Todd P. Headley sold 4,714 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.25, for a total transaction of $213,308.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 14,410 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $652,052.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Amer Deeba sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.02, for a total value of $90,040.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 79,221 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,566,529.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 67,908 shares of company stock worth $3,231,668 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 30.20% of the company’s stock.

Qualys Company Profile

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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