Merriman Curran analyst Richard Fetyko upgraded the stock to buy in a research note Wednesday citing market share stability and the ever-rising tide of Internet traffic.
The Cambridge, Mass. Internet freight hauler -- or content delivery network operator -- has seen its shares rise more than 8% this year amid a period when tech investors were selling heavily.
Fetyko says the price war among Net delivery shops has reached a truce, and that competitors like Level 3 (LVLT), Global Crossing (GLBC) and AT&T (T - Get Report) have not had success cutting into Akamai's business.Akamai also managed to bid low enough to win a contract with Netflix (NFLX - Get Report), as the video rental company moves toward online delivery, says Fetyko. The Netflix win illustrates how it may be possible for Internet traffic gains to more-than offset the pace of price cuts by Akamai. The bullish scenario remains the same for Akamai: The Internet is growing. Or as Fetyko puts it: "More web-connected devices like the ( Apple (AAPL)) iPad, mobile devices, IPTV, and HD content will continue to drive volumes up dramatically in the next two-three years. Akamai shares were up 2% to $27.92 in premarket trading Wednesday. -- Written by Scott Moritz in New York. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.