Melissa B. Fisher Sells 1,500 Shares of Qualys Inc (QLYS) Stock

Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS) CFO Melissa B. Fisher sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.80, for a total transaction of $112,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 159,001 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,893,274.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Shares of NASDAQ:QLYS opened at $78.46 on Friday. Qualys Inc has a 52-week low of $57.20 and a 52-week high of $98.30. The company has a market capitalization of $3.10 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 87.18 and a beta of 1.31.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 30th. The software maker reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.11. Qualys had a net margin of 17.10% and a return on equity of 14.18%. The company had revenue of $71.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $71.22 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.31 earnings per share. Qualys’s revenue for the quarter was up 20.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Qualys Inc will post 1.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. grew its position in Qualys by 4,600.0% in the third quarter. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. now owns 376 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $34,000 after acquiring an additional 368 shares in the last quarter. MERIAN GLOBAL INVESTORS UK Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Qualys during the third quarter worth approximately $146,000. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Qualys by 119.9% during the second quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,889 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $159,000 after buying an additional 1,030 shares in the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado acquired a new stake in shares of Qualys during the third quarter worth approximately $212,000. Finally, FNY Investment Advisers LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Qualys during the third quarter worth approximately $222,000. 82.69% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

QLYS has been the topic of several research reports. BidaskClub lowered shares of Qualys from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 4th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their price target on shares of Qualys to $90.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 31st. Wedbush restated a “buy” rating and issued a $95.00 price target on shares of Qualys in a report on Friday, November 16th. Monness Crespi & Hardt lowered their price objective on shares of Qualys from $100.00 to $95.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 29th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of Qualys in a research report on Wednesday, October 31st. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $88.13.

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About Qualys

Qualys, Inc provides cloud-based security and compliance solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers Qualys Cloud Apps, which includes Asset Inventory, CMDB Sync, Vulnerability Management, Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Agent, Threat Protection, Security Configuration Assessment, Indication of Compromise, Policy Compliance, PCI Compliance, Security Assessment Questionnaire, File Integrity Monitoring, Web Application Scanning, and Web Application Firewall.

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