WINTON GROUP Ltd boosted its position in Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS) by 444.3% in the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 57,800 shares of the software maker’s stock after buying an additional 47,181 shares during the quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd’s holdings in Qualys were worth $4,873,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in Qualys by 11.3% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,625,019 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $389,891,000 after purchasing an additional 468,437 shares in the last quarter. Congress Asset Management Co. MA purchased a new position in Qualys in the second quarter valued at about $70,892,000. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in Qualys by 4.7% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 400,980 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $33,803,000 after acquiring an additional 17,857 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its stake in Qualys by 13.2% in the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 372,008 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $31,376,000 after acquiring an additional 43,449 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP boosted its stake in Qualys by 52.4% in the second quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 310,684 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $26,191,000 after acquiring an additional 106,767 shares during the last quarter. 82.15% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on QLYS shares. Needham & Company LLC boosted their target price on shares of Qualys from $95.00 to $105.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 14th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Qualys from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 13th. Monness Crespi & Hardt upgraded shares of Qualys from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, June 11th. ValuEngine cut shares of Qualys from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 4th. Finally, First Analysis set a $112.00 target price on shares of Qualys and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, September 10th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $85.07.

Shares of QLYS stock opened at $86.80 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $3.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 96.44 and a beta of 1.13. Qualys Inc has a 12 month low of $50.00 and a 12 month high of $98.30.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The software maker reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $68.15 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $67.13 million. Qualys had a net margin of 12.04% and a return on equity of 12.70%. research analysts predict that Qualys Inc will post 0.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, VP Amer Deeba sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.02, for a total transaction of $170,040.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 64,114 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,450,972.28. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.02, for a total transaction of $900,200.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 170,627 shares in the company, valued at $15,359,842.54. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 291,316 shares of company stock worth $25,344,094 over the last 90 days. 18.60% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Qualys Company Profile

Qualys, Inc engages in the provision of cloud security and compliance solutions. Its products enable organizations to identify security risks to information technology infrastructures; help protect information technology systems and applications from cyber attacks; and achieve compliance with internal policies and external regulations.

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