2 Upgraded Tech Stocks to Buy in September

2 Upgraded Tech Stocks to Buy in September

Posted On September 9, 2021 1:18 pm

Owing to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, a delay in office-reopening plans has rekindled a robust demand for secure and efficient cloud-based tech products and solutions from enterprises to facilitate their remote workforce productivity.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite continues to hit record-highs primarily because of this surging demand and a low-interest environment.

After delivering an impressive performance in their recent quarter, we think fundamentally sound undervalued tech stocks Akamai Technologies, Inc. (AKAM – Get Rating) and VEON Ltd. (VEON – Get Rating) have the potential to grow substantially in the coming months. These two stocks have been recently upgraded to Buy in our proprietary POWR Ratings system.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (AKAM – Get Rating)

AKAM, which is based in Cambridge, Mass., provides cloud services for delivering, optimizing, and securing online content and business applications internationally. The company sells its solutions through direct sales and service organizations and various channel partners.

On June 16, 2021, AKAM announced platform security enhancements to strengthen protection for web applications, APIs, and user accounts. Amid rising cyber threats, AKAM’s machine learning derives insight on malicious activity from daily client interactions to intelligently automate threat detections, time-consuming tasks, and security logic. These enhancements should generate  high demand in the coming months.

On the same day, AKAM launched its new Account Protector solution, which uses proprietary behavioral analytics and reputation heuristics to detect and prevent account takeover attacks in real-time. Because human threat actors target  consumers’  valuable digital assets, AKAM’s Account Protector analyzes requests, generating risk and trust indicators to calculate the likelihood that a user is the legitimate account owner or an impersonator.

AKAM’s revenue increased 7.3% year-over-year to $852.82 million for its  fiscal second quarter, ended June 30, 2021. The company’s non-GAAP income from operations came in at $269.84 million, representing a 4.5% rise from the prior-year period. While its non-GAAP net income increased 2.8% year-over-year to $232.75 million, its non-GAAP EPS increased 2.9% to $1.42. AKAM had $581.07 million in  cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2021.

Analysts expect AKAM’s EPS to increase 6.1% year-over-year to $1.39 in the current quarter, ending September 30, 2021. It surpassed the Street’s EPS estimates in each of the four trailing four quarters. Its revenue is estimated to increase 7.5% year-over-year to $852.44 million in the current quarter. The stock’s EPS is expected to grow at a 12% rate  per annum over the next five years.

In terms of non-GAAP forward P/E, AKAM is currently trading at 20.07x, which is 19.7% lower than the 25x industry average. In terms of forward Price/Book, AKAM is currently trading at 3.87x, which is 41.8% lower than the 6.64x industry average. Over the past six months, the stock has gained 16% to close yesterday’s trading session at $112.71.

AKAM’s strong fundamentals are reflected in its POWR Ratings. The stock has an overall B rating, which equates to Buy in our proprietary rating system. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 different factors, with each factor weighted to an optimal degree. AKAM was upgraded from Neutral to Buy on September 3, 2021.

AKAM has a B grade for Value, Stability, and Quality. In the 74-stock Technology – Services industry, it is ranked #20.

To see additional POWR Ratings for Sentiment, Growth, and Momentum for AKAM, click here.

VEON Ltd. (VEON – Get Rating)

Headquartered in the Netherlands, VEON is a communications and technology company that offers voice, data, and other telecommunication services through a range of wireless, fixed-line, and broadband internet services for corporations, operators, and consumers, as well as sells equipment and accessories. It provides…

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