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Akamai Hangs 50 in 2006: Fool by Numbers

On Wednesday, Rule Breakers selection Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM  ) released earnings for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31.

  • Excluding acquisition charges and a $1.65-per-share tax benefit from 2005, Akamai's $428.7 million in 2006 revenue produced $0.88 in per-share earnings, both of which beat Street estimates.
  • Plenty of cash flowed to Akamai as a result. The Web weaver ended the year with $434 million in cash and securities, including $164.6 million in long-term investments and restricted stock. Meanwhile, cash from operations improved by 59% over the year prior.
  • Yet none of that impresses the Fools tracking Akamai in our Motley Fool CAPS investor-intelligence database. They give the stock three very mediocre stars.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, ranked 1,640 out of more than 21,800 in Motley Fool CAPS, is a sucker for growth stocks and a regular contributor to David's Motley Fool Rule Breakers service. Tim owns shares of Akamai. All of his portfolio holdings can be found at Tim's Fool profile. His thoughts on growth stocks, Foolishness, and investing in general may be found in his blog. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy always adds up.

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