AKAM, RAIL & ESRX – My Next Option Trading Target

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Feb 07 2007
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Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM, stock) reports earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter today, Wednesday Feb-7-2007, after market close. During the quarter, Akamai, whose services are used to stream video and multimedia content over the Internet, acquired Nine Systems Corp., which makes rich media production and publishing tools, in a cash and stock deal worth about $160 million.
Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expect the Cambridge, Mass.-based company to post a profit of 26 cents per share on $121.5 million in revenue for the fourth quarter.
In a Jan. 24 note to investors, Deutsche Bank analyst Todd Raker wrote that the surge of online shopping during the holiday quarter and an overall rise in movie downloads over the Web could push Akamai’s fourth-quarter results higher than expected. The analyst also cited Apple Inc. comments from last month’s Macworld conference that iTunes users downloaded 1.3 million movies in three months.
Akamai provides content delivery services to 13 of the top 20 most visited Web sites on the Internet. Increased traffic to these sites is likely to add to top line growth as the company charges a fee based on bandwidth usage in addition to a fixed cost for its services.
Rating Indicators for AKAM:
  • Wall Street consensus : 0.26
  • StockScouter rating : 10 / 10
  • Whisper Number for this stock : 0.27
  • Schaeffer rating for this stock : 7 / 10
  • Power Rating : 5 / 10
  • Insider Trading (last 52 weeks) : ($55.54M)
  • Zacks Analysts Rating: Moderate Buy
  • Option Trading: May 2007 55 Call
  • Implied Volatility (IV) for Mar 2007 $55 Strike : 42.08%

FreightCar America, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAIL, stock) will announce its’ earning on Thursday, Feb-8-2007, before market open. RAIL is a manufacturer of aluminum-bodied railcars in North America, based on the number of railcars delivered. The Company specializes in the production of coal-carrying railcars, which represented 93% of its deliveries of railcars during the year ended December 31, 2005. It also refurbishes and rebuilds railcars and sells forged, cast and fabricated parts for all of the railcars it produces, as well as those manufactured by others.

Rating Indicators for RAIL:

  • Wall Street consensus : 2.84
  • StockScouter rating : 9 / 10
  • Whisper Number for this stock : N/A
  • Schaeffer rating for this stock : 8 / 10
  • Power Rating : 6 / 10
  • Insider Trading (last 52 weeks) : ($9.36M)
  • Zacks Analysts Rating: Hold
  • Option Trading: June 2007 55 Call
  • Implied Volatility (IV) for Mar 2007 $55 Strike : 39.86%

Besides above stocks alert for option trading, I’m researching Express Scripts, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESRX, stock) which will announce its’ earning on the same date as FreightCar America, Inc. ESRX is quite a risky stock to invest as the price-to-earnings multiple is close to the average for the industry level.

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