4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Akamai


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet content delivery specialist Akamai Technologies (NAS: AKAM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Akamai's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Akamai facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Cambridge, Mass. (1998)

Market Cap

$3.78 billion


Internet software and services


$1.09 billion


CEO Paul Sagan (since 2005)

CFO J.D. Sherman (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$497.2 million / $0



Limelight Networks (NAS: LLNW)

Level 3 Communications (NAS: LVLT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 3,353 members who have rated Akamai believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include beadnell and fellow Fool Sean Williams (TMFUltraLong).

Just last week, beadnell tapped Akamai as a cheap way to go for growth: "The P/E is no longer stratospheric. Web video is only going to grow, so a rising tide will float all content delivery networks."

Akamai even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 28.7%. That's higher than that of rival AT&T (17%), let alone Limelight and Level 3, which sport a negative average operating margin of -17.1% and -0.4%, respectively.

Sean Williams expands on the outperform argument:

I personally added Akamai to my own portfolio ... after the company guided earnings down yet again. Consolidation hype is on the rise and the company continues to pace itself at a 13% growth rate, nothing to sneeze at with a forward P/E of also 13. If you want more of my thoughts on AKAM, you can check them out here.

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