Media stories about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) have been trending somewhat negative on Saturday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. AlphaOne, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Qualys earned a media sentiment score of -0.10 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news stories about the software maker an impact score of 96 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Shares of Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) opened at 42.40 on Friday. Qualys has a 52 week low of $28.35 and a 52 week high of $44.35. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $38.79 and a 200-day moving average price of $35.66. The company has a market capitalization of $1.57 billion, a PE ratio of 45.44 and a beta of 0.99.
Several brokerages have recently commented on QLYS. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating on shares of Qualys in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. First Analysis downgraded shares of Qualys from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $42.00 to $37.00 in a research note on Thursday, February 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Qualys from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 17th. Imperial Capital boosted their target price on shares of Qualys from $40.00 to $46.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Northland Securities initiated coverage on shares of Qualys in a research report on Wednesday, January 25th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $42.00 price target on the stock. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $39.82.
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In other Qualys news, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 4,119 shares of Qualys stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.87, for a total value of $168,343.53. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 140,950 shares in the company, valued at $5,760,626.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Amer Deeba sold 2,000 shares of Qualys stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.36, for a total value of $70,720.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 59,838 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,115,871.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 918,504 shares of company stock worth $32,959,047. 30.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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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