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Positives for Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) as stock gains in recent trading

Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) is 1.30% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $92.64 and a high of $124.91 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The AKAM stock was last observed hovering at around $105.55 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.81% off its average median price target of $124.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 34.35% off the consensus price target high of $162.00 offered by 17 analysts, but current levels are 7.51% higher than the price target low of $115.00 for the same period.

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Currently trading at $106.36, the stock is 2.82% and 5.59% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 2.44 million and changing 0.77% at the moment leaves the stock 0.20% off its SMA200. AKAM registered 1.98% gain for a year compared to 6-month loss of -2.69%.

The stock witnessed a 6.69% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -3.27%, and is 0.50% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 1.54% over the week and 1.79% over the month.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) has around 8368 employees, a market worth around $17.34B and $3.20B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 31.55 and Fwd P/E is 18.05. Profit margin for the company is 17.40%. Distance from 52-week low is 14.81% and -14.85% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (9.90%).

Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) is a “Overweight”. 17 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.00, where 3 rate it as a Hold and 2 think it is a “Overweight”. 11 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Akamai Technologies Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 08/03/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $1.3 with sales reaching $829.61M over the same period.The EPS is expected to grow by 16.10% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 6.60% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 8.50% in year-over-year returns.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) Top Institutional Holders

1,142 institutions hold shares in Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM), with 3.23M shares held by insiders accounting for 1.98% while institutional investors hold 95.55% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 162.80M, and float is at 159.32M with Short Float at 5.24%. Institutions hold 93.66% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with over 17.61 million shares valued at $1.85 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 10.79% of the AKAM Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Blackrock Inc. with 14.26 million shares valued at $1.5 billion to account for 8.74% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Canada Pension Plan Investment Board which holds 7.38 million shares representing 4.52% and valued at over $774.79 million, while State Street Corporation holds 4.17% of the shares totaling 6.8 million with a market value of $714.1 million.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) Insider Activity

A total of 78 insider transactions have happened at Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 13 and purchases happening 65 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Karon Adam, the company’s COO & GM Edge Technology Group. SEC filings show that Karon Adam sold 10,000 shares of the company’s common stock on Apr 13 at a price of $105.00 per share for a total of $1.05 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 20433.0 shares.

Akamai Technologies Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Apr 12 that Karon Adam (COO & GM Edge Technology Group) sold a total of 5,000 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Apr 12 and was made at $103.17 per share for $0.52 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 30433.0 shares of the AKAM stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Mar 17, Williams Anthony P (EVP and CHRO) disposed off 2,300 shares at an average price of $99.52 for $0.23 million. The insider now directly holds 7,056 shares of Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM).

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Akamai Technologies Inc. (AKAM): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Limelight Networks Inc. (LLNW) that is trading -41.83% down over the past 12 months. AT&T Inc. (T) is 6.41% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has fallen -7.05% from the last report on Mar 30, 2021 to stand at a total of 8.35 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 4.31.

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