Headlines about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Qualys earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the software maker an impact score of 45.4347758832844 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Qualys opened at $76.50 on Tuesday, MarketBeat reports. Qualys has a 52 week low of $39.25 and a 52 week high of $85.00. The company has a market capitalization of $3.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 85.00, a PEG ratio of 11.78 and a beta of 0.87.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 1st. The software maker reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.03. Qualys had a return on equity of 11.88% and a net margin of 11.40%. The firm had revenue of $64.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $63.88 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.20 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 22.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Qualys will post 0.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Qualys announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Monday, February 12th that permits the company to repurchase $100.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the software maker to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Wells Fargo set a $62.00 target price on Qualys and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Needham & Company LLC lifted their target price on Qualys from $70.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Qualys in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub downgraded Qualys from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 8th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lifted their target price on Qualys to $65.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Qualys has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $71.15.

In related news, Director Peter Pace sold 30,000 shares of Qualys stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.68, for a total transaction of $2,270,400.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 2,000 shares of Qualys stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.44, for a total value of $156,880.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 40,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,021,900 in the last three months. Insiders own 18.60% of the company’s stock.

Qualys Company Profile

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.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS)

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