How to buy Qualys stock - 13 April

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How to buy Qualys stock

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Qualys, Inc is a software-infrastructure business based in the US. Qualys shares (QLYS) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Qualys employs 1,498 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$363 million.

How to buy shares in Qualys

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Qualys. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: QLYS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Qualys reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Qualys, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Qualys. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Qualys share price

Use our graph to track the performance of QLYS stocks over time.

Qualys shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-08.
52-week rangeUSD$86.65 - USD$148.84
50-day moving average USD$100.9623
200-day moving average USD$104.8293
Wall St. target priceUSD$111.73
PE ratio 46.3304
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.24

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Is it a good time to buy Qualys stock?

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Is Qualys under- or over-valued?

Valuing Qualys stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Qualys's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Qualys's P/E ratio

Qualys's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 46x. In other words, Qualys shares trade at around 46x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Qualys's PEG ratio

Qualys's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.37. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Qualys's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Qualys's EBITDA

Qualys's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$129.5 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Qualys's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Qualys financials

Revenue TTM USD$363 million
Operating margin TTM 26.63%
Gross profit TTM USD$283.7 million
Return on assets TTM 8.55%
Return on equity TTM 23.15%
Profit margin 25.23%
Book value $10.305
Market capitalisation USD$4.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Qualys shares

There are currently 5.4 million Qualys shares held short by investors – that's known as Qualys's "short interest". This figure is 0.5% down from 5.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Qualys shares can be evaluated.

Qualys's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Qualys's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Qualys shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Qualys shares traded daily (recently around 550308.71327254). Qualys's SIR currently stands at 9.87. In other words for every 100,000 Qualys shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9870 shares are currently held short.

However Qualys's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Qualys shares, or, against the total number of tradable Qualys shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Qualys's short interest could be expressed as 0.14% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Qualys shares in existence, roughly 140 shares are currently held short) or 0.1885% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Qualys shares, roughly 189 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Qualys.

Find out more about how you can short Qualys stock.

Qualys share dividends

We're not expecting Qualys to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Qualys share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Qualys's shares have ranged in value from as little as $86.65 up to $148.84. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

QLYS.US volatility(beta: 0.63)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Qualys's is 0.6327. This would suggest that Qualys's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Qualys overview

Qualys, Inc. provides cloud-based information technology (IT), security, and compliance solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers Qualys Cloud Apps, which includes Vulnerability Management, Vulnerability Management, Detection and Response, Threat Protection, Continuous Monitoring, Patch Management, Multi-Vector Endpoint Detection and Response, Indication of Compromise, Certificate Assessment, Policy Compliance, Security Configuration Assessment, PCI Compliance, File Integrity Monitoring, Security Assessment Questionnaire, Out of-Band Configuration Assessment, Web Application Scanning, Web Application Firewall, Global IT Asset Inventory, CMDB Sync, Certificate Inventory, Cloud Inventory, Cloud Security Assessment, and Container Security. Its integrated suite of IT, security, and compliance solutions delivered on its Qualys Cloud Platform enables customers to identify and manage IT assets, collect and analyze IT security data, discover and prioritize vulnerabilities, recommend and implement remediation actions, and verify the implementation of such actions. The company also provides asset tagging and management, reporting and dashboards, questionnaires and collaboration, remediation and workflow, big data correlation and analytics engine, and alerts and notifications, which enable integrated workflows, management and real-time analysis, and reporting across IT, security, and compliance solutions. The company offers its solutions through its sales teams, as well as through its network of channel partners, such as security consulting organizations, managed service providers and resellers, and consulting firms. It serves enterprises, government entities, and small and medium-sized businesses in various industries, including education, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, media, retail, technology, and utilities. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

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