A number of analysts (including yours truly) think that Akamai has the potential to report stronger third-quarter results when it reports Oct. 24. This positive earnings expectation is partly based on accelerated media traffic, security solutions sales and cloud revenue in August and September. The company's strong stock price performance the past couple of months suggests that it may also give healthy fourth-quarter guidance.
Typically, as the chart below demonstrates, the share price of AKAM follows the direction of its earnings growth, which peaked at the end of 2011 and appears to be rebuilding.
AKAM data by
My short-term expectation for the stock price of AKAM is a possible retest of the Sept. 26 intraday low of $37.52 before it begins an end-of-year rally that may exceed its current 52-week high of $40.32.
My second cyber-security play to watch is Jim Cramer speculative favorite
(RDWR - Get Report)which has had a nice run higher since the August 10th low of $31.35.
Based in Tel Aviv, RDWR develops, manufactures and markets integrated networking solutions worldwide. Its solutions include application delivery and network security solutions. Government agencies and multi-national organizations with network vulnerabilities learn how to protect their applications and guard against threats to their networks through the security applications RDWR offers them.
You can visit its
network security solutions page
and see how the company answers clients' questions about the many options there are to cyber defense and protection.
Radware's stock is trading at a relatively low forward PE ratio near 17, or 17 times forward earnings. Speaking of earnings, RDWR has been growing like gangbusters. In its last quarterly report, year-over-year quarterly earnings rose by more than 53%.
The chart below helps us see that the stock price has correlated well with its earnings-per-share growth, which is nothing short of impressive.
The Israelis have an expertise in dealing with national security issues born from decades of personal experience and ongoing threats. It's no wonder that one of the better cyber-security companies would be headquartered there.