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Mon. 25 Oct 2021, 11:19am ETBenzinga
In: Markets, Movers, Trading Ideas

If history is any guide, there may be trouble ahead for shares of Akamai Technologies(NASDAQ:AKAM). A so-called "death cross" has formed on its chart and, not surprisingly, this could be bearish for the stock.

What To Know: Many traders use moving average crossover systems to make their decisions.

When a shorter-term average price crosses above a longer-term average price, it could mean the stock is trending higher. If the short-term average price crosses below the long-term average price, it means the trend is lower.

Why It's Important: The 50-day and the 200-day simple moving averages are commonly used.

The death cross occurs when the 50-day moves below the 200-day. This could mean the long-term trend is changing.

That just happened with Akamai Technologies, which is trading around $108.17 at publication time.

Remember: Seasoned investors don't blindly trade Death Crosses.

Instead, they use it as a signal to start looking for short positions based on other factors, like price levels and company fundamentals & events.

For seasoned investors, this is just a sign that it might be time to start considering possible short positions.

With that in mind, take a look at Akamai Technologies's past and upcoming earnings expectations:

Quarter Q2 2021 Q1 2021 Q4 2020 Q3 2020
EPS Estimate 1.38 1.30 1.31 1.23
EPS Actual 1.42 1.38 1.33 1.31
Revenue Estimate 845.36M 829.61M 829.46M 775.18M
Revenue Actual 852.82M 842.71M 846.29M 792.85M

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