Qualys (QLYS) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media headlines about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Qualys earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the software maker an impact score of 45.5057267203362 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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QLYS has been the subject of a number of research reports. BidaskClub cut shares of Qualys from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price objective on shares of Qualys to $65.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. JPMorgan Chase cut shares of Qualys from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $65.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Wells Fargo set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Qualys and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $65.00 price objective on shares of Qualys and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Qualys presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $68.92.

NASDAQ QLYS opened at $74.05 on Friday. Qualys has a 52 week low of $34.80 and a 52 week high of $79.40. The company has a market cap of $2,893.27, a price-to-earnings ratio of 82.28, a PEG ratio of 5.12 and a beta of 0.84.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The software maker reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.04. Qualys had a net margin of 17.52% and a return on equity of 16.69%. The company had revenue of $62.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $61.96 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.23 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 20.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Qualys will post 0.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Qualys announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program on Monday, February 12th that authorizes the company to buyback $100.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the software maker to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally a sign that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

In other news, VP Amer Deeba sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.71, for a total transaction of $125,420.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 66,644 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,179,245.24. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 9,801 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.70, for a total transaction of $575,318.70. Following the sale, the insider now owns 192,280 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,286,836. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 57,801 shares of company stock valued at $3,886,239 in the last 90 days. Insiders own 20.90% of the company’s stock.

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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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