Headlines about Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news 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 daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the software maker an impact score of 44.9652286794544 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) opened at $63.90 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,420.00, a PE ratio of 57.57, a PEG ratio of 5.13 and a beta of 0.88. Qualys has a 1 year low of $32.40 and a 1 year high of $64.40.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The software maker reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.21 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $59.49 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $58.59 million. Qualys had a return on equity of 14.81% and a net margin of 19.76%. The business’s revenue was up 16.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.22 EPS. research analysts predict that Qualys will post 0.65 EPS for the current year.

Several research analysts recently commented on the company. Summit Redstone raised Qualys from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of Qualys in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $61.00 price objective on shares of Qualys in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Qualys in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price objective (up from $65.00) on shares of Qualys in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Twelve equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Qualys has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $54.85.

In related news, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.05, for a total value of $825,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 211,346 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,634,597.30. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Chairman Philippe F. Courtot sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.01, for a total value of $1,120,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 5,544,435 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $310,543,804.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 557,916 shares of company stock valued at $32,644,046. Insiders own 20.90% of the company’s stock.

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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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