Analysts Poring Over the Numbers on Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS)

Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) currently has an Average Broker Rating of 2.23. This number is based on the 13 sell-side firms polled by Zacks. The ABR rank within the industry stands at 63. Analysts on a consensus basis are expecting that the stock will reach $46.22 within the year.  The ABR is provided by Zacks which simplfies analyst ratings into an integer based number. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating. 

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Research analysts are predicting that Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) will report earnings of $0.12 per share when the firm issues their next quarterly report. This is the consensus earnings per share number according to data from Zack’s Research.

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Most recently Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) posted quarterly earnings of $0.18 which compared to the sell-side estimates of 0.1. The stock’s 12-month trailing earnings per share stands at $1.02. Shares have moved $15.28 over the past month and more recently, $13.59 over the past week heading into the earnings announcement. There are 7 analyst projections that were taken into consideration from respected brokerage firms.

Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) closed the last session at $46.4 and sees an average of 275625.31 shares trade hands in each session. The 52-week low of the stock stands at $30.23 while the current level stands at 100% of the 52-week High-Low range. Looking further out we can see that the stock has moved 11.94% over the past 12 weeks and 46.6% year to date.

5 analysts rate Qualys, Inc. a Buy or Strong Buy, which is 38.46% of all the analyst ratings.

This article is informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell the stock.

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