Mason Street Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS) by 8.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 9,001 shares of the software maker’s stock after acquiring an additional 716 shares during the period. Mason Street Advisors LLC’s holdings in Qualys were worth $655,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Advisory Services Network LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Qualys during the fourth quarter worth $118,000. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Qualys by 125.4% during the fourth quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 2,516 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $150,000 after purchasing an additional 1,400 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Qualys during the first quarter worth $232,000. Eagle Boston Investment Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Qualys during the first quarter worth $240,000. Finally, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. acquired a new stake in shares of Qualys during the first quarter worth $258,000. 78.07% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
In related news, Director Todd P. Headley sold 4,982 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.75, for a total transaction of $402,296.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 4,714 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $380,655.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Sumedh S. Thakar sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.54, for a total transaction of $149,080.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 184,479 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,751,064.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 44,982 shares of company stock valued at $3,443,517 over the last three months. 18.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.
QLYS stock opened at $88.60 on Wednesday. Qualys Inc has a one year low of $39.45 and a one year high of $88.90. The stock has a market cap of $3.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 98.44, a PEG ratio of 13.02 and a beta of 0.79.
Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st. The software maker reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $64.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $63.88 million. Qualys had a net margin of 11.40% and a return on equity of 11.88%. The firm’s revenue was up 22.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.20 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Qualys Inc will post 0.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.
A number of research firms recently weighed in on QLYS. Morgan Stanley set a $65.00 price objective on shares of Qualys and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Qualys from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, May 5th. Imperial Capital reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $83.00 price objective (up previously from $62.00) on shares of Qualys in a report on Thursday, February 22nd. Needham & Company LLC increased their price objective on shares of Qualys from $70.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Qualys from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $74.92.
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.
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