Question 1: Is the price forecast for Akamai stock higher after a drop?
Consider two situations,
Case 1: Akamai stock drops by -5% or more in a week
Case 2: Akamai stock rises by 5% or more in a week
Is the price forecast for Akamai stock higher over the subsequent month after Case 1 or Case 2?
AKAM stock fares better after Case 1, with an expected return of 4.5% over the next month (21 trading days) under Case 1 (where the stock has just suffered a 5% loss over the previous week), versus, an expected return of 1.3% for Case 2. This implies a price forecast of $114 in Case 1 and a figure of $110 in Case 2 using AKAM market price of $108.77 on 9/24/2021.
In comparison, the S&P 500 has an expected return of 3.1% over the next 21 trading days under Case 1, and an expected return of just 0.5% for Case 2 as detailed in our dashboard that details the expected return for the S&P 500 after a rise or drop.
Try the Trefis machine learning engine above to see for yourself how the forecast for Akamai stock is likely to changes after any specific gain or loss over a period.
Question 2: Does patience pay?
If you buy and hold Akamai stock, the expectation is over time the near-term fluctuations will cancel out, and the long-term positive trend will favor you - at least if the company is otherwise strong.
Overall, according to data and Trefis machine learning engine's calculations, patience absolutely pays for most stocks!
For AKAM stock, the returns over the next N days after a -5% change over the last 5 trading days is detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:
Next N DaysAKAM Expected ReturnS&P 500 Expected Return1 day0.4%0.5%5 days1.7%1.1%10 days2.2%0.9%21 days4.5%3.1%63 days9.4%5.2%126 days13.2%7.4%252 days28.8%15.6%
You can try the engine to see what this table looks like for Akamai after a larger loss over the last week, month, or quarter.
Question 3: What about the stock price forecast after a rise if you wait for a while?
The expected return after a rise is understandably lower than after a drop as detailed in the previous question. Interestingly, though, if a stock has gained over the last few days, you would do better to avoid short-term bets for most stocks.
AKAM's returns over the next N days after a 5% change over the last 5 trading days is detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:
Next N DaysAKAM Expected ReturnS&P 500 Expected Return1 day0%-0.3%5 days0.3%-0.3%10 days0.6%0.1%21 days1.3%0.5%63 days3.7%3.0%126 days8%6.6%252 days12.7%11.7%
It's pretty powerful to test the trend for yourself for Akamai stock by changing the inputs in the charts above.