Qualys Inc., founded in 1999 and headquartered in Foster City, CA, provides cloud security and compliance solutions. Given the fast-growing sector the company operates in, it is no surprise that its stock has also been quite hot. At least until recently.
Qualys went public at $12 a share in September 2012. Despite a couple of notable declines along the way, it reached a record high of $125.22 in August 2020. Investors patient or lucky enough to hold the stock during those eight years multiplied their money by 10.
However, QLYS stock is down 22% in the past two months and closed at $97.54 yesterday. Is this a buy-the-dip opportunity or the beginning of a larger selloff? Let’s take a look at Qualys from an Elliott Wave perspective and see what we’ll find.
The weekly chart above shows that Qualys’ eight-year uptrend looks like a textbook five-wave impulse. The pattern is labeled (1)-(2)-(3)-(4)-(5), where the five sub-waves of wave (3) are also visible.
Too Early to Buy the Qualys Dip
The theory states that a three-wave correction in the opposite direction follows every impulse. Furthermore, the corrective phase of this five-three cycle usually reaches the termination area of the fourth waves. Unfortunately for Qualys investors, this means the stock can keep falling towards the support of wave (4) near $60 a share.
Overall, Qualys is a profitable, fast-growing company with no debt and positive free cash flow. Its valuation, however, makes it a bad investment. With an estimated 2020 earnings of $1.9 a share, QLYS trades at a P/E of 51, which is quite expensive. A 40% selloff down to $60 a share would still not make it cheap enough for our taste.
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