Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) Director Todd P. Headley sold 4,714 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.25, for a total value of $213,308.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 14,410 shares in the company, valued at approximately $652,052.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of Qualys, Inc. (QLYS) opened at 45.05 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $1.69 billion, a PE ratio of 44.08 and a beta of 0.93. Qualys, Inc. has a 12-month low of $30.56 and a 12-month high of $47.50. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $42.32 and a 200 day moving average price of $39.20.

Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The software maker reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.10 by $0.08. Qualys had a return on equity of 14.69% and a net margin of 18.92%. The company had revenue of $55.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $54.87 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.20 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that Qualys, Inc. will post $0.91 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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QLYS has been the topic of several research reports. Imperial Capital restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $50.00 target price (up previously from $46.00) on shares of Qualys in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and issued a $45.00 target price (up previously from $39.00) on shares of Qualys in a research report on Tuesday, May 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Qualys from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc initiated coverage on Qualys in a research report on Wednesday, June 7th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $45.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $50.00 target price (up previously from $45.00) on shares of Qualys in a research report on Thursday, July 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $45.25.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of QLYS. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Qualys by 157,222.3% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,365,124 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $127,537,000 after buying an additional 3,362,985 shares in the last quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC acquired a new position in shares of Qualys during the second quarter worth $41,523,000. Champlain Investment Partners LLC raised its position in shares of Qualys by 32.7% in the first quarter. Champlain Investment Partners LLC now owns 2,304,060 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $87,324,000 after buying an additional 568,040 shares in the last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC increased its stake in Qualys by 31.9% in the first quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 2,206,992 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $83,645,000 after buying an additional 534,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Pictet Asset Management Ltd. increased its stake in Qualys by 307.6% in the second quarter. Pictet Asset Management Ltd. now owns 430,000 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $18,060,000 after buying an additional 324,500 shares during the last quarter. 70.63% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Qualys

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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