Qualys, Inc. (QLYS) Stock: Seeing Declines In Today’s Session

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Qualys, Inc. (QLYS) is making a move down in the market today. The stock, one that is focused on the technology industry, is currently trading at $84.34 after tumbling -4.95% so far today. When it comes to tech companies, there are several aspects that have the ability to generate movement in the market. News tends to be one of the biggest reasons for the movement. Here are the most recent headlines associated with QLYS:

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Jun-05-19 12:04PM A Closer Look At Qualys, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:QLYS) Impressive ROE
Jun-04-19 10:00AM Qualys, Nordstrom, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day
06:00AM Bull of the Day: Qualys, Inc. (QLYS)
May-30-19 03:52AM Edited Transcript of QLYS earnings conference call or presentation 1-May-19 9:00pm GMT
May-20-19 08:10AM Is Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) A Financially Strong Company?

However, any time investors are making a decision with regard to investing, investors should look at much more than just news, this is especially the case in the ever changing technology space. Here’s what’s happening with Qualys, Inc..

The Performance That QLYS Investors Have Experienced

Although a single session decline, like the move that we’re seeing from Qualys, Inc. may cause fear in some investors, a single session move alone shouldn’t be the basis of a decision to, or not to, buy a company’s stock. It is generally a good idea to dig into trends experienced by the stock beyond a single trading day. When it comes to QLYS, below are the returns on investment that we have seen:

  • Weekly – Throughout the past five trading sessions, QLYS has generated a change in price amounting to 8.37%.
  • Past 30 Days – The monthly performance from Qualys, Inc. has been 2.71%.
  • Past Quarter – Throughout the last 3 months, the company has produced a return on investment that comes to 3.22%
  • Past Six Months – Throughout the past six months, investors have seen a performance that works out to 13.34% from the stock.
  • YTD – Since the the last trading session of last year QLYS has resulted in a return of 18.72%.
  • Full Year – Finally, throughout the past full year, we’ve seen a change of 11.75% out of QLYS. In this period, the stock has sold at a high of -14.20% and a low of 27.91%.

Ratios Of Note

Digging into a few key ratios having to do with a company can give investors a view of just how dangerous and/or potentially profitable a an investment option may be. Below are a few of the key ratios to look at when looking at QLYS.

Short Ratio – The short ratio is a measure of short interest. As the short ratio climbs, it shows that more investors believe that the price of the stock is going to go down. Throughout the sector, strong technology stocks can carry a lower short ratio. On the other hand, we also see a lot of short squeezes in the sector. Nonetheless, in relation to Qualys, Inc., the stock’s short ratio amounts to 10.31.

Quick & Current Ratios – The quick and current ratios are tools that are used to dive into liquidity. Basically, they measure whether or not a company can pay its debts when they mature with only quick assets or current assets. In the tech industry, many companies rely on the continuation of investor support as they work to bring new technologies to market, the current and quick ratios can seem upsetting. Nonetheless, several gems in the tech industry come with strong current and quick ratios. When it comes to QLYS, the quick and current ratios come to 1.80 and 1.80 respectively.  

Book To Share Value – The book to share value ratio compares the the price of shares to the book value of assets that are owned by the company. as it relates to Qualys, Inc., the book to share value ratio works out to 9.55.

Cash To Share Value – Finally, the cash to share value comparison compares the amount of cash the company has on hand to the value of shares. In this case, the cash to share value ratio comes to 7.70.

Smart Money Follows Big Money

One thing I’ve come to understand in my short period on Earth is that good investors tend to follow big money. That is to say, investors that are looking to keep their investments relatively safe will follow investments made by institutions and insiders of the company. With that said, is big money flowing when it comes to QLYS? Here’s the data:

Institutions own 88.50% of the company. Institutional interest has moved by 1.58% over the past three months. When it comes to insiders, those who are close to the company currently own 15.20% percent of QLYS shares. Institutions have seen ownership changes of an accumulative -1.52% over the last three months.

Analyst Opinions With Regard To Qualys, Inc.

While it’s never a smart idea to unknowingly follow the opinions of analysts, it is a good idea to consider their thoughts in order to validate your own when it comes to making an investment decision in the technology sector. Below are the recent moves that we’ve seen from analysts with regard to QLYS.

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May-23-19 Initiated Cowen Outperform $100
Feb-22-19 Downgrade Berenberg Buy → Hold $82
Feb-13-19 Downgrade JP Morgan Neutral → Underweight $82
Feb-13-19 Downgrade BTIG Research Buy → Neutral
Jan-04-19 Upgrade JMP Securities Mkt Perform → Mkt Outperform

Earnings

At the moment, analysts are expecting that throughout the full year, earnings per diluted share will come in at $2.22. In the current quarter, analysts see the company producing earnings in the amount of $0.47. Over the last 5 years, QLYS has generated revenue in the amount of $20.90% with earnings coming in at 100.00%. On a quarter over quarter basis, earnings have seen movement of 46.50% and revenue has seen movement of 16.00%.

Looking At Share Counts

Traders and investors seem to like to know the amounts of shares both outstanding and available. In terms of Qualys, Inc., currently there are 38.73M with a float of 33.48M. This means that of the total of 38.73M shares of QLYS in existence today, 33.48M are able to trade hands on the public market.

Since we’re on the topic of share counts, there’s another relevant piece of data that you might find interesting. That would be the short percentage of the float. Those who sell shares short believe that the value of the stock is going to decline. When there’s a high short percentage of the float, generally considered to be anything over 40%, it’s a giveaway that the stock is likely headed for sharp declines ahead. Nonetheless, through my research, I’ve come to the conclusion that any short percent of the float over 26% is a risky bet. When it comes to QLYS, the short percent of the float is 9.85%.

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