This Week in Sirius XM Radio

Satellite radio is always on the move with Sirius XM.

Apr 19, 2014 at 8:00AM

Things never get dull for the country's lone satellite-radio provider. Shares of Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) moved lower on the week, slipping 0.6% to close at $3.14. Pi! The slight decline contrasted the Nasdaq Composite's healthy 2.4% advance.

There was more going on beyond the share-price gyrations, though. Sirius XM is gearing up for its first quarter earnings report. On the streaming front, Pandora (NYSE:P)received some another analyst upgrade.

Let's take a closer look.

I'm earning for you
It's earnings season, and Sirius XM will be reporting its first-quarter financials on Thursday morning. Wall Street's holding out for a profit of $0.02 a share -- in line with last year's per-share figure -- with revenue climbing 11% to hit $994.6 million. 

Sirius XM topped the milestone of $1 billion in quarterly revenue during the final period of 2013, but analysts see a slight sequential dip this time around. That may seem like an ominous forecast given the steady nature of the historical growth of Sirius XM's self-pay subscribers, but keep in mind that the media giant has a pretty good track record of exceeding Wall Street's conservative expectations.

It will also be interesting to see if Sirius XM revises its guidance. It provides an outlook for its subscriber base, revenue, and free cash flow, and it has often boosted at least some components of that guidance. Either way, this past week has been quiet on the news front outside of programming-related press releases. The week ahead promises to be for more insightful and significant.

Pandora rocks
Pandora is one of many of last year's market darlings to have corrected sharply in recent weeks. The stock nearly tripled in 2013, and even though it's sporting a small gain so far this year, investors have seen the stock surrender a third of its value since peaking just above $40 last month.

Some analysts feel that the correction presents a buying opportunity. A week earlier we had Wedbush's David Pachter upgrading Pandora from "neutral" to "outperform" with a $35 price target. This past week we saw Maxim Group boost its rating on the stock.

Maxim's move -- going from "hold" to "buy" -- on Tuesday also sticks to Pachter's price target of $35. This illustrates how the upgrades are all based on the stock's recent correction. Obviously these wouldn't be bullish calls with price targets of $35 if the stock was at $40 the way it was briefly in March. That's a point worth noting, but in the end an analyst upgrade is clearly a positive development.

A Sirius future
It was an interesting week for Sirius XM. The new week isn't likely to be dull -- and the Oracle of Omaha almost never is. Warren Buffett has made billions through his investing and he wants you to be able to invest like him. Through the years, Buffett has offered up investing tips to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. Now you can tap into the best of Warren Buffett's wisdom in a new special report from The Motley Fool. Click here now for a free copy of this invaluable report.

Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Berkshire Hathaway and Pandora Media. The Motley Fool owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Pandora Media, and Sirius XM Radio. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

1 Key Step to Get Rich

Our mission at The Motley Fool is to help the world invest better. Whether that’s helping people overcome their fear of stocks all the way to offering clear and successful guidance on complicated-sounding options trades, we can help.

Feb 1, 2016 at 4:54PM

To be perfectly clear, this is not a get-rich action that my Foolish colleagues and I came up with. But we wouldn't argue with the approach.

A 2015 Business Insider article titled, "11 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich" rated The Motley Fool as the #1 place online to get smarter about investing.

"The Motley Fool aims to build a strong investment community, which it does by providing a variety of resources: the website, books, a newspaper column, a radio [show], and [newsletters]," wrote (the clearly insightful and talented) money reporter Kathleen Elkins. "This site has something for every type of investor, from basic lessons for beginners to investing commentary on mutual funds, stock sectors, and value for the more advanced."

Our mission at The Motley Fool is to help the world invest better, so it's nice to receive that kind of recognition. It lets us know we're doing our job.

Whether that's helping the entirely uninitiated overcome their fear of stocks all the way to offering clear and successful guidance on complicated-sounding options trades, we want to provide our readers with a boost to the next step on their journey to financial independence.

Articles and beyond

As Business Insider wrote, there are a number of resources available from the Fool for investors of all levels and styles.

In addition to the dozens of free articles we publish every day on our website, I want to highlight two must-see spots in your tour of

For the beginning investor

Investing can seem like a Big Deal to those who have yet to buy their first stock. Many investment professionals try to infuse the conversation with jargon in order to deter individual investors from tackling it on their own (and to justify their often sky-high fees).

But the individual investor can beat the market. The real secret to investing is that it doesn't take tons of money, endless hours, or super-secret formulas that only experts possess.

That's why we created a best-selling guide that walks investors-to-be through everything they need to know to get started. And because we're so dedicated to our mission, we've made that available for free.

If you're just starting out (or want to help out someone who is), go to, drop in your email address, and you'll be able to instantly access the quick-read guide ... for free.

For the listener

Whether it's on the stationary exercise bike or during my daily commute, I spend a lot of time going nowhere. But I've found a way to make that time benefit me.

The Motley Fool offers five podcasts that I refer to as "binge-worthy financial information."

Motley Fool Money features a team of our analysts discussing the week's top business and investing stories, interviews, and an inside look at the stocks on our radar. It's also featured on several dozen radio stations across the country.

The hosts of Motley Fool Answers challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves.

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, is among the most respected and trusted sources on investing. And he's the host of Rule Breaker Investing, in which he shares his insights into today's most innovative and disruptive companies ... and how to profit from them.

Market Foolery is our daily look at stocks in the news, as well as the top business and investing stories.

And Industry Focus offers a deeper dive into a specific industry and the stories making headlines. Healthcare, technology, energy, consumer goods, and other industries take turns in the spotlight.

They're all informative, entertaining, and eminently listenable ... and I don't say that simply because the hosts all sit within a Nerf-gun shot of my desk. Rule Breaker Investing and Answers contain timeless advice, so you might want to go back to the beginning with those. The other three take their cues from the market, so you'll want to listen to the most recent first. All are available at

But wait, there's more

The book and the podcasts – both free ... both awesome – also come with an ongoing benefit. If you download the book, or if you enter your email address in the magical box at the podcasts page, you'll get ongoing market coverage sent straight to your inbox.

Investor Insights is valuable and enjoyable coverage of everything from macroeconomic events to investing strategies to our analyst's travels around the world to find the next big thing. Also free.

Get the book. Listen to a podcast. Sign up for Investor Insights. I'm not saying that any of those things will make you rich ... but Business Insider seems to think so.

Compare Brokers