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

Akamai Technologies ( AKAM) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Akamai Technologies rose 22 cents (0.7%) to $30.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Akamai Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.46-$30.35 after having opened the day at $30.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.01. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: MeetMe ( MEET), up 9.7%, Yelp ( YELP), up 7.4%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 6.6%, and Web.com Group ( WWWW), up 6.1%.

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 $5.39 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6, equal to the average internet industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Akamai Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Tudou Holdings ( TUDO), down 11.3%, Youku ( YOKU), down 11%, LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 8.4%, and Phoenix New Media ( FENG), down 7.5%, were all losers within the internet industry with NetEase ( NTES) being today's internet industry loser.

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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