Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet content delivery provider Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

$3.00 billion


Internet Information Providers

TTM Revenue

$725.50 million


CEO Paul Sagan (since 2005),

CFO J. Donald Sherman (since 2006)

Return on Capital (average last three years)



Level 3 Comm. (NASDAQ:LVLT),

Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW)

CAPS members bullish on AKAM also bullish on

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO),


CAPS members bearish on AKAM also bearish on

General Motors (NYSE:GM),

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 480 of 511 of the All-Star members who have rated Akamai -- some 94% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Foolish bulls include GunnarVagotis and wuff3t, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Less than two months ago, GunnarVagotis pegged the stock's recent drop as a possible buying opportunity: "Either I'm missing something, or the stock price just got smacked down 25% for what amounts to a 2-3% reduction in EPS guidance. Sure, it was overvalued. But, I'm guessing it will be overvalued again in the not-too-distant future."

An earlier pitch from wuff3t in February shares that same patient approach, focusing on Akamai's long-term fundamentals:

Full-year 2007 figures versus 2006 figures look fantastic. OK, 2008 will be difficult, but then it seems anyone with a stick handy is beating tech stocks right now. Technology isn't going away though, and although its stocks will suffer like everything else the good will out. This stock has been beaten down a long way, and over the long term I think will come good.

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