Qualys (QLYS) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news 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 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the software maker an impact score of 46.3497939607851 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) opened at $56.45 on Tuesday. Qualys has a 12 month low of $30.60 and a 12 month high of $62.35. The stock has a market cap of $2,240.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 53.41, a PEG ratio of 5.29 and a beta of 0.87.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The software maker reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.10. Qualys had a net margin of 19.76% and a return on equity of 14.81%. The company had revenue of $59.49 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $58.59 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.22 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 16.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Qualys will post 0.65 earnings per share for the current year.

QLYS has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Qualys from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price target for the company in a research note on Saturday, November 4th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Qualys in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. J P Morgan Chase & Co boosted their price target on shares of Qualys from $55.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Summit Redstone raised shares of Qualys from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company set a $52.00 price target on shares of Qualys and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $54.36.

In other news, VP Amer Deeba sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.16, for a total value of $104,320.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 12,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.22, for a total transaction of $602,640.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 132,051 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,631,601.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 575,916 shares of company stock valued at $33,474,446 in the last ninety days. 20.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Qualys

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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