Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Internet content delivery specialist Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM) has earned a coveted five-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

$5.4 billion


Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$859.77 million


CEO Paul Sagan (since 2005)
CFO J. Donald Sherman (since 2006)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 5 Years)

32.6% and 33.5%

Cash / Debt

$566.1 million / $199.8 million


Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT)
Limelight Networks

Key Customers

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,888 members who have rated Akamai believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include haxer11 and paulkoelle.

Less than two months ago, haxer11 tapped Akamai as the perfect play on growing web congestion: "Internet is going through bandwidth crisis with video being delivered. Applications only get bigger, TV streams get higher quality, applications now are in the cloud."

In a more recent pitch from last month, paulkoelle delivered even more bullish content:

I'm doing business in the multimedia/web sector, and I see every day CDN's [content delivery network] are becoming more and more important due to the increased use of multimedia services like videostreams in Full HD. Akamai is the absolute leader of the CDNs, and this will not change until some big player like AT&T or Verizon [or Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN)? or Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)?] will update his own network to a worldwide high speed CDN.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Akamai and Google are Motley Fool Rule Breakers picks. Apple and Amazon are selections of Stock Advisor. Microsoft is a choice of Inside Value, and Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.