Is Buying Stock In Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) A Good Move Today?

Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM) saw a downside of -0.62% to close Tuesday at $101.57 after subtracting -$0.63 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,057,820 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $104.69 in the past week. An average of 1,336,120 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,198,708.

AKAM’s 1-month performance is -9.13% or -$10.36 on its low of $101.33 reached on 10/12/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $92.64 and high of $124.91, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 01/27/21. YTD, AKAM has lost -3.26% or -$3.42. However, the current price is down -18.69%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Jul 30, 75 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM). Blumofe Robert (Chief Technology Officer) most recently sold 6,000 shares at $118.54 per share on Jul 30. This transaction cost the insider $711,240. Chief Technology Officer, Blumofe Robert, sold 3,000 shares at a price of $120.00 on Jul 23. Then, on Jul 23, President and GM Security MCCONNELL RICK M sold 3,605 shares at a price of $120.00 per share. This transaction amounted to $432,600.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 77.62 and a low of 26.11. AKAM stock has a beta of 0.56. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 5.04 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 3.70, with the price to cash flow ratio at 14.91.

Akamai Technologies Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 3.50, with the current ratio over the same period at 3.50 meaning that AKAM stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.43, while the total debt to equity was 0.43. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 63.60%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 36.90% while for the period ending June 29; Akamai Technologies Inc.’s operating margin was 20.90%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.07 billion against revenue of $3.2 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Akamai Technologies Inc.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $835.42 million against total debt of $2.83 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 6.81% to $852.82 million, while revenue of $842.71 million was 1.19% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected AKAM to announce $1.38 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.42, representing a 2.90% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $353.61 million. AKAM stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 3.44 billion, with total debt at $2.83 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $162.83 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 12 October was 24.85% to suggest the stock is trending oversold, with historical volatility in this time period at 17.31%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $102.65, reflecting a -1.56% or -$1.61 change from its current price. AKAM is currently trading -9.25% above its 20-day SMA, -10.49% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -14.58% and -5.48% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 3.54% and 8.24% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.88. The RSI (14) points at 27.61%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 2.71% with the period’s ATR at 1.90. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -1.24 and -2.93 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), KeyBanc Capital Markets downgraded it to a Sector weight rating. They previously had an Overweight rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for AKAM stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate AKAM as a “sell,”, while 6 advise that investors “Hold.” 1 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 3 rates the stock as overweight while 7 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is AKAM’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $107.00 and a high of $179.00, with their median price target at $129.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) stock is $130.83.


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