Akamai Shares Soared: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of content delivery network specialist Akamai Technologies (NAS: AKAM) are delivering solid gains today, up by 20%, after the company announced it was acquiring smaller competitor Cotendo.

So what: Akamai is picking up the company for $268 million in cash, taking out one of its direct rivals to its lucrative Value Added Services business. The deal has even brought up speculation that Akamai itself could appear to be an attractive acquisition target now.

Now what: Through the deal, Akamai may be picking up a relationship with AT&T (NYS: T) since Cotendo and Ma Bell have ties. The combined company hopes to "accelerate growth across the dynamic landscapes of cloud and mobile optimization," according to Akamai CEO Paul Sagan. The deal is expected to close during the first half of next year if everything goes according to plan.

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