The fireworks began early for Sirius XM Radio
The satellite-radio giant broke above $2 early in Tuesday's abridged trading session, marking the first time Sirius XM has landed north of $1.99 since May 23. The stock's eventual close of $2.04 is the highest investors have seen since May 14.
Something we haven't seen in weeks isn't necessarily news. However, investors have every right to question whether Sirius XM can hold these gains. The stock has closed above $2 during three different stretches over the past 14 months. The periods lasted as brief as a few trading days and as long as a handful of weeks. All three streaks ended the same, with the stock falling back below the $2 mark.
It could be different this time.
For starters, there's the interesting backdrop of Liberty Media's
Liberty Media was victorious in a nearly decade-long dispute with Vivendi, resulting in a $950 million award if Vivendi's appeal is shot down. In other words, Liberty Media will have the money.
However, there are plenty of interesting things that could happen apart from the Liberty Media soap opera in the coming weeks. Sirius XM reports in a few weeks, and there's always the possibility that it can pre-announce good news if it wants to revise its guidance higher or spill the beans on how many subscribers it has tacked on over the past three months.
There's also the recently announced Google TV app. It's easy to laugh off Google's
Staying above $2 won't be easy, but the number of potential bullish catalysts outweigh the bearish ones in the near future.
Running of the bulls
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