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February 5, 2013
13:41 EDTAKAMEarnings Preview: Analyst views differ on Akamai ahead of Q4 report
Akamai Technologies (AKAM) is expected to report Q4 earnings after the close on Tuesday, February 5, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Akamai provides Internet content delivery and cloud infrastructure services... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $381.32M. The consensus range is 48c-52c for EPS on revenue of $378.1M-$388.49M, according to First Call. During the quarter, the company backed its guidance for Q4 EPS of 48c-50c on revenue of $373M-$385M and said it was not updating that guidance as a result of its acquisition of Verivue, which it did not expect to materially impact results of operations in Q4... LAST QUARTER: Akamai reported Q3 EPS of 43c on revenue of $345M, which beat the consensus expectations at that time in October. Immediately following that report, Akamai shares were upgraded to Outperform at Oppenheimer, which put a $50 price target on the stock at that time, and to Buy at Canaccord, which raised its price target on shares to $45 from $37... RESEARCH AND NEWS: In a note to investors this morning, Canaccord Genuity analyst Greg Miller reiterated the firm's Buy rating on Akamai, citing the belief that demand drivers for its top-line growth remain "exceptionally strong." However, on January 4, research firm Pacific Crest said it believes Akamai's traffic growth slowed in December and maintained a Sector Perform rating on the shares. Early this month, a blog devoted to online video delivery technology, Streaming Media, reported that Akamai competitor Level 3 (LVLT) won a contract from Apple (AAPL) to deliver some software downloads in the U.S. and Europe. Following that report and related weakness in Akamai shares, the stock was defended by Wells Fargo and then B. Riley Caris, which contended that the company receives less than 1% of its revenues from Apple downloads... PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Akamai have advanced over 14%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Akamai is trading near flat.
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTAKAMOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:44 EDTAKAMAutodesk, Akamai among top tech picks after January selloff, Barron's says
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January 26, 2016
14:02 EDTAKAMLimelight Networks seeks Supreme Court review of Circuit's Akami decision
Limelight Networks (LLNW) is seeking review by the Supreme Court of the United States of the Federal Circuit's decision to reinstate the 2008 jury verdict that Limelight infringed an Akamai (AKAM) patent. Limelight filed its petition with the Supreme Court earlier. Limelight believes that the Federal Circuit's newly created conduct-attribution standard improperly expands the scope of liability in a fashion that was neither intended by Congress nor consistent with prior legal precedent. As the petition notes, prior to the August 2015 decision to reinstate the jury verdict, the Federal Circuit repeatedly ruled that the district court had correctly determined that Limelight did not infringe Akamai's patent. The court gave no adequate explanation for its sudden reversal. "The court's decision to abandon longstanding, clear and easy-to-follow rules of engagement in favor of an ambiguous 'particular facts presented' standard for infringement liability deprives parties of fair notice concerning the scope of patent protection and ensures a significant increase in needlessly burdensome litigation throughout the technology world," said Bob Lento, Limelight's chief executive officer. "We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will address this issue of extraordinary importance and reverse the Federal Circuit's rootless and erroneous standard. While we continue to pursue all available options, I want to thank our customers, peers in the industry and employees for their support. We remain focused on improving our operational and financial performance and will report our full year results on February 9th."

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