This Week in Sirius XM Radio

Satellite radio is always on the move with Sirius XM.

Jun 7, 2014 at 10:30AM

Things never get dull for the country's lone satellite-radio provider. Shares of Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) moved higher on the week, inching up 2.4% to close at $3.36. The move was more robust than the Nasdaq's 1.9% gain. 

There was more going on beyond the share-price gyrations, though. Sirius XM also said its CFO will be a presenter at an investor conference, and it announced a new channel, while Pandora (NYSE:P) announced monthly metrics for the last time.  

Let's take a closer look.

Take the stage
There wasn't a lot of new Sirius XM-specific news out during the week, though the Jerry Lewis Town Hall is bound to turn heads. This weekend's commitment to broadcast key performances from the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival is going to keep music fans close. However, things may be more interesting next week.

Sirius XM announced that CFO David Frear will make a presentation at the Morgan Stanley Leveraged Finance Conference come Thursday morning. The New Orleans conference will give Sirius XM yet another chance to reach out to investors, and given the theme of the event, it's a safe bet that the satellite-radio star will have plenty of insight as to its liquidity, its debt situation, and its recent financial moves. 

Prayer group
The Joel Osteen Channel will come to Sirius XM in the fall. The rock star among religious magnates is the senior pastor at America's largest Christian congregation. 

From an investing standpoint, it doesn't matter if you're a fan of Osteen. Sirius XM offers a wide array of content covering the gamut of opinions, and Osteen's a big draw. Check out the weekend crowds at his Lakewood Church. It's fair to say that many of them aren't interested in satellite radio, but that may change come autumn. 

Pandora's end of the line
Pandora saw decent year-over-year and modest month-over-month growth in May. It closed out the month with 77 million active listeners, up from 70.8 million a year earlier and 76 million in April. Pandora served up 1.73 billion hours of content during the month, too. That's a sharp 28% pop since May of last year, but it's just a meager uptick from the 1.7 billion hours in April. That sequential move looks even worse, considering that May has one more day than April. In other words, usage slipped on a per-day average.

The stock initially dipped on the metrics, but the market warmed up to the numbers. BMO Capital issued a note reiterating its bullish rating and giving the May metrics a positive spin.

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