Press coverage about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Qualys earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the software maker an impact score of 44.1876454417484 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of Qualys (NASDAQ QLYS) traded up 0.66% during trading on Thursday, hitting $53.25. 22,731 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $49.38 and a 200-day moving average of $42.74. Qualys has a 1-year low of $30.60 and a 1-year high of $53.55. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.00 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 52.10 and a beta of 0.91.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The software maker reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.10 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $55.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $54.87 million. Qualys had a net margin of 18.92% and a return on equity of 14.69%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that Qualys will post $0.90 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of research firms have commented on QLYS. Imperial Capital reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $50.00 target price (up previously from $46.00) on shares of Qualys in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 target price on shares of Qualys in a report on Monday, July 31st. BidaskClub lowered shares of Qualys from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. J P Morgan Chase & Co raised shares of Qualys from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $40.00 to $55.00 in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Northland Securities set a $48.00 target price on shares of Qualys and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 22nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.45.

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In other Qualys news, Director Todd P. Headley sold 4,714 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.25, for a total value of $213,308.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 14,410 shares in the company, valued at $652,052.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Amer Deeba sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.16, for a total transaction of $104,320.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 67,708 shares of company stock valued at $3,198,874 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 30.20% of the company’s stock.

Qualys Company Profile

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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