Head-To-Head Review: Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) vs. Research Solutions (NASDAQ:RSSS)

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM – Get Rating) and Research Solutions (NASDAQ:RSSS – Get Rating) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of the most recent ratings and recommendations for Akamai Technologies and Research Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

sell reviews keep ratings Buy reviews Strong buy recommendations rating score
Akamai Technologies 1 4 9 0 2.57
research solutions 0 0 2 0 3.00

Akamai Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $132.45, indicating a potential upside of 17.97%. Research Solutions has a consensus price target of $5.18, indicating a potential upside of 170.94%. Given Research Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher potential upside, analysts clearly believe Research Solutions is cheaper than Akamai Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.6% of Akamai Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. In comparison, 30.3% of Research Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Akamai Technologies shares are held by company insiders. By comparison, 28.7% of Research Solutions’ shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large wealth managers, and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on assets for Akamai Technologies and Research Solutions.

net margins return on equity return on investment
Akamai Technologies 18.83% 17.37% 9.72%
research solutions -2.78% -17.15% -5.36%

Risk & Volatility

Akamai Technologies has a beta of 0.59, meaning its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Research Solutions has a beta of 0.46, meaning its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

profit and rating

This table compares gross sales, earnings per share, and valuation for Akamai Technologies and Research Solutions.

gross receipts price/sales ratio net income earnings per share price-earnings ratio
Akamai Technologies $3.46 billion 5.22 $651.64 million $3.93 28.57
research solutions $31.76 million 1.63 -$280,000.00 ($0.03) -63.67

Akamai Technologies has higher sales and earnings than Research Solutions. Research Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings multiple than Akamai Technologies, suggesting it’s the cheaper of the two stocks at the moment.


Akamai Technologies beats Research Solutions on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Akamai Technologies (received rating)

Akamai Technologies, Inc. provides cloud services to secure, deliver, and optimize content and business applications over the Internet in the United States and internationally. The company offers cloud solutions to protect infrastructure, websites, applications, application programming interfaces and users from various cyber attacks and online threats while improving performance. It also offers web and mobile performance solutions to enable dynamic websites and applications; media delivery solutions, including video streaming and video player services, game and software delivery, broadcasting, authoritative domain name system, resolution, and data and analytics; and edge computing solutions to enable developers to deploy and distribute code at the edge. In addition, the company offers carrier offerings including cybersecurity protection, parental controls, DNS infrastructure, and content delivery solutions; and a range of services and support to help customers integrate, configure, optimize and manage their offerings. It sells its solutions through direct sales and service organizations, as well as through various channel partners. Akamai Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About research solutions (received rating)

Research Solutions, Inc., through its subsidiaries, offers a cloud-based software-as-a-service research platform. The Company is also engaged in the transactional sale of published scientific, technical and medical (STM) content managed, sourced and delivered through the transactional platform. Its solutions enable life science and other research-intensive organizations to accelerate their research and development activities by accessing and managing STM articles used throughout the intellectual property development lifecycle. The company was formerly known as Derycz Scientific, Inc. and changed its name to Research Solutions, Inc. in March 2013. Research Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Henderson, Nevada.

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