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

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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 1.5%. By the end of trading, Akamai Technologies rose $0.66 (1.6%) to $41.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,466,253 shares of Akamai Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,778,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.08-$41.68 after having opened the day at $40.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.75. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Keynote Systems ( KEYN), up 46.7%, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 14.2%, Net Element International ( NETE), up 6.2% and QuinStreet ( QNST), up 2.6%.
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Akamai Technologies, Inc. provides content delivery and cloud infrastructure services for accelerating and improving the delivery of content and applications over the Internet in the United States and internationally. Akamai Technologies has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Akamai Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 23.4%, Mediabistro ( MBIS), down 13.9%, VirnetX ( VHC), down 8.9% and ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Google ( GOOG) being today's internet industry laggard.

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