Qualys, Inc. (QLYS) stock starts with “Market Perform” rating in note to investors by Wells Fargo & Company

Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) shares closed lower in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile in early trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 24 points, or 0.1%, to 19,883, while the S&P 500 index ESH7, +0.13% dipped less than 1 point to 2,268. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.02% which reached its fourth-straight record close on Tuesday, rose 1 point to 5,553.

Analysts at Wells Fargo & Company initiated coverage on Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) stock, rating the company at Market Perform. The company currently has a rating of Market Perform on the shares. The one-year price target of $38.27 is above the opening price of $33.35, that has caused a fair amount of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last year, Qualys, Inc. stock has a high of $39.67. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently issue periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage. Price changes targets are not uncommon.

Yesterday Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) shares last traded at $33.40, a dip of $0.15 from the previous closing price. Opening at $33.35, they fluctuated from $33.30 and $33.65 throughout the day.

Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) now has a market cap of 1.19B.

Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 297,951 shares out of a total float 29,463,000 and some 19,166 shares traded hands yesterday, 101 percent below normal. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These instituitional investors retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) have ranged from $16.96 – 39.67, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $33.01 and 200-day MA of $34.06. Today’s last price is 15.81%% under the 52 week high of $39.67.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to research when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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