What Do You Expect From Akamai Today?

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Shares of Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM  ) are back below $30 this morning, down close to 4% on broad-market fears that Congress won't negotiate a solution to the debt crisis as next week's deadline looms.

Surely the headline writers have a point, but it's also possible that investors are jittery about the Web content delivery specialist's second-quarter results, which are due after the bell today. Here's a closer look at what Wall Street is expecting:


Q2 2011 Earnings Per Share

Q2 2011 Revenue

FY 2011 Earnings Per Share

FY 2011 Revenue

Avg. estimate $0.36 $277.98 mil. $1.57 $1,170 mil.
Est. growth* 5.9% 13.3% 9.8% 14.3%
Analysts following 22 22 22 22

Source: Yahoo! Finance.
* Year-over-year.

Expect investors and traders alike to watch these numbers closely. A miss or even a match would raise concerns that stiff competition from the likes of Limelight Networks (Nasdaq: LLNW  ) , Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT  ) , or privately held up-and-comers Cotendo and EdgeCast is taking a toll.

For me, the bigger worry is accelerating growth heading into the second half. I'll be looking for evidence that long-term deals with Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX  ) and its peers are boosting profits by pushing huge volume through Akamai's network -- just as management promised back in February.

What are you looking for? Do you believe Akamai will beat estimates? Please vote in the poll below and then leave a comment to explain your thinking. You can also add Akamai to your watchlist for up-to-date analysis on the stock as soon as it's published.

Fool contributorTim Beyers is a member of theMotley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team. He owned shares of Akamai at the time of publication. Check out Tim'sportfolio holdings andFoolish writings, or connect with him on Google+ or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insightsdelivered directly to your RSS reader.

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  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2011, at 5:58 PM, esteemxxxx wrote:

    I believe LLNW finally got them by the B...s.

    We'll see next week

  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2011, at 7:49 PM, lucasmonger wrote:

    At this point, I think it's safe to buy them all: LLNW, LVLT, AKAM. As 4g rolls out, more companies try to stream tv and movies, and mobile and computer apps become more network hungry, all of these companies could benefit.

  • Report this Comment On July 28, 2011, at 10:27 AM, RealSeven wrote:

    For over a month I've been waiting for advice from the FOOL to sell AKAM. It hasn't come, or I haven't seen it. All I've heard is that it will come back. I've listened to this all the way to almost a 50% drop. Of course now the company is a buy. Buy with what? Maybe I could buy if I had sold even just a day or two ago. Is there a Fool that is captain of this ship?

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