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Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Akamai Technologies (AKAM) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Akamai Technologies fell 52 cents (-1.3%) to $40.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Akamai Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.95-$40.65 after having opened the day at $40.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.95. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: ModusLink Global Solutions (MLNK), down 7.3%, support.com (SPRT), down 5.5%, Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR (VIPS), down 4.4%, and Remark Media (MARK), down 3.8%.

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Akamai Technologies, Inc. provides content delivery and cloud infrastructure services for accelerating and improving applications over the Internet in the United States and internationally. Akamai Technologies has a market cap of $7.48 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Akamai Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Akamai Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Selectica (SLTC), up 10.1%, Zynga Inc Class A (ZNGA), up 9.1%, Yelp Inc Class A (YELP), up 6.8%, and Friendfinder Networks (FFN), up 6%, were all gainers within the internet industry with Groupon (GRPN) being today's featured internet industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the internet industry could consider First Trust Dow Jones Internet Idx (FDN) while those bearish on the internet industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology (REW).

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