In his first "Executive Decision" segment of Mad Money Wednesday night, Jim Cramer welcomed back Dr. Tom Leighton, founder and CEO of Akamai Technologies (AKAM) , the network services provider that saw its shares pop 3.8% Wednesday after the company reported strong earnings with revenues up 12%.
Leighton said that Akamai was paying very close attention to the election traffic Tuesday night. The major news sites saw a five-fold increase in traffic that peaked around midnight Eastern. The 2020 election beat out the 2016 election, which was itself a record for Akamai as well.
When asked about that growth, Leighton said news apps are becoming better than watching TV because consumers can customize their experience and see exactly the content that matters most to them. The coming 5G wireless revolution will only make that experience even better, he said.
Back on October 9, we said, "Traders should approach AKAM from the long side risking a close below $105. Add to longs above $115. The $146-$150 area is our price target." With a recent decline I assume many traders have taken a loss. Let's see if there is a reason to rebuy AKAM.
In the updated daily bar chart of AKAM, below, we can see that prices broke down below the September lows and gapped below the cresting 200-day moving average line. The slope of the 50-day moving average line has been negative since late October.
The On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line has been in a decline since the early part of October telling us that sellers of AKAM quickly turned more aggressive. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) oscillator moved below the zero line last month for an outright sell signal.