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  • Sirius XM Increases Push To Activate Dormant Radios [View article]
    Wow your family has a rough time with SIRI considering your comment history. You, your wife, your brother...

    Your comment from 2011 said the writing is on the wall and smartphones would dominate and destroy SIRI (essentially) and that SIRI needed to clean up its act. 4 years later this doesn't seem to be the case.

    Your comment from 2013 said that you did not believe the conversion rates the author used "It's impossible." Yet... those are the conversion rates. Do you still feel that that author and / or the company are lying about the conversion rates?

    How many times did Sirius call you trying to get you to sub to more expensive plans? Because I have family members with the basic plan who have never been called. Do you feel they targeted you specifically?

    Why didn't your wife choose to use Pandora? You have a lot of comments on that ticker defending Pandora and your investment in that stock. Might as well choose what you invest in! It makes sense! :)
    Jan 24, 2015. 05:15 PM | 44 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM Set To Resume Share Buybacks [View article]
    No, a year ago means a year ago. He did not say when the stock was over $4, he said a year ago. That's a crystal clear statement. Not "about a year ago" or "approximately a year ago" but "a year ago."

    I was not aware he meant when the stock was over $4 for a few days last October. When did he tell you this? I would assume if one meant "6 months ago" they would say "6 months ago" and not "a year ago."

    My response is in absolutely no way a personal attack. I am trying to understand how one can be long "a year ago" and now be down by $55K when the share price is presently above where it was "a year ago."

    Perhaps he attempted to trade and made mistakes (which would not be an issue with management). His profile indicates that he has bought / sold / bought more, etc., and that might offer explanation as well.

    His profile also says he is "getting tired of the delay." An increase of 10X+ value from $0.33 in less than 5 years isn't really a delay. That's an exceptional return. So perhaps the comments are simply exaggerations borne out of frustration due to unreasonable expectation and extreme impatience?

    "No, don't answer that."

    Answered it. The "like" button is below for your clicking pleasure.
    Apr 17, 2014. 08:37 PM | 42 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM In Serious Trouble As Mobile Revolution Gives Rise To Social Radio [View article]

    You and I had a discussion on twitter back in December when you shorted SIRI. At the time SIRI was trading for $2.89 and I made the suggestion you should cover the position immediately that you had just entered.

    To be clear you had tweeted on that day :

    "Short $SIRI @ 2.89. Buy 50 Jan '15 put option contracts at 2$ strike @ .27* = $1350. (Dec. 31 12:34 pm) *ask: .28 bid: .26 last: .26"

    Obviously what you do with your own money is not my personal business but since you made the trade public, I thought I would bring this up as you did not disclose that you also hold 50 Jan 2015 $2 put option contracts (unless you closed these at a loss?)

    You presently sit at a ~10% loss on your SIRI short at $2.89, and to exit your puts today at $0.14 bid would be a loss of nearly 50%. That's a tough pill to swallow.

    Does this not concern you?

    Also, outstanding positions in September 2013 $2 puts are 36, and they are about 3 cents each. That's about $100 worth if you own all of them. Trade fee and option fee here would cost you about $10 or so I am guessing? Why even enter such a position? Trades on the termination end are going to add another $10 or so there, soo you will need prices to be below $1.96 or so by September of THIS YEAR to turn a profit? To reach this level you would have to crater past even the lowest analyst estimate in the next 6 months, fight the $2 billion buyback, and grab a price John Malone couldn't even manage to get as he was pursuing control.

    Do yourself a favor. I beg of you. You're a young kid... and that money (and reputation) is worth even more because of it. Losses now can sting hard. Find an opportunity and at least cover the short, as well as those 2015 puts.....
    Mar 4, 2013. 12:38 PM | 31 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Memo To John Malone: You Cannot Save Sirius XM Radio [View article]
    God help us....

    "In 2009, billionaire John Malone and his Liberty Media Corporation (LMCA) negotiated a sweetheart deal in hopes to save Sirius XM (SIRI) from inevitable bankruptcy."

    Malone did not negotiate this in hopes to save Sirius XM. He negotiated this in order to capitalize on what was at the time, Sirius XM's failure.

    "Today, Sirius XM trades for $2.50, which calculates out to $9.8 billion in market capitalization."

    Wrong, don't take your info from yahoo financials. Marke cap includes the remaining preferred stake and is higher.

    "As an already impressive score, John Malone and Company's original $530 million Sirius investment is now worth $4 billion."

    $530 million was a loan which was repaid. The stake which is worth (over) $4 billion is due to the convertibles which were given for $12,500 cost, not $530 million.

    "Certainly, it would serve Malone's interests best to effectively hijack Sirius shareholders and talk them down, in order to avoid paying a premium."

    You state earlier that Liberty is near 50% already, and then follow by saying Malone's best interest is to "hijack" SIRI shareholders to talk them down so it doesn't have to pay a premium? Did you proofread your article? Does this even make sense to hypothesize this if Liberty is what amounts of a small number of shares (0.4%) away from full control? Why bother talking anyone down (who are they going to talk down anyways?) for what may amount to a million dollar savings of a multi billion dollar investment?

    "Big Media is Failing"

    This entire section... well, you know that thing cartoon charaters do when they are taken aback by something that is ridiculous / outlandish / etc? It's kinda like a boing boing boing noise as they shake their head back and forth and their eyes bug out? Congratulations on getting that response out of an actual human :P

    " Sirius' intermediate term recovery is largely due in part to Detroit bailouts and easy financing terms that have supported improved automotive and satellite radio subscription sales."

    Did you research the impact of the Detroit bailouts? "Largely due in part to"... what does this even MEAN?

    "Going forward, European contagion alongside increased market penetration for digital media will destroy Sirius' profitability"

    Europe has what to do with Satellite radio which um... has nothing to do with Europe, exactly?

    "As a betting man, John Malone should take his chips off the table, cash out, and run.
    Have you called John Malone to warn him? I'm sure he'd be ever so grateful....

    "Going forward, Sirius XM and Liberty Media shareholders are setting themselves up for severe losses, largely due in part to the clash of personalities between a few legendary figures, who now happen to be out of their league."

    Largely due in part again... how all these reasons be the large part? Which is it? And again, have you offered your advice to these "legendary figures" who apparently know nothing and are simply egomaniacs looking to battle it out a the expense of everyone else? You could save them from potential ruin, if they would just listen to you...

    Come on man... are you serious with this piece? It's really really really bad... worse the the one from that guy yesterday, and that one was horrible!
    Sep 26, 2012. 10:58 AM | 26 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM: The Big Money Keeps Pouring In [View article]

    Oh come on "duke" ;) Why the sudden rush of postings? Remember back in June, your comment to me?

    "Well, Stevie, it was just a month ago when you and I debated whether you had a price target of 2.75 on the stock... is hard to keep up with all the fabrications and denials. You might want to just admit that you got it wrong because you don't understand the dynamics of the market. WHEN I GET IT WRONG I FREELY ADMIT IT. Trust me it is good for your credibility.
    If you want to use point and figure to alert you readers that is fine. Spencer tried it with the 50 day EMA a couple of weeks ago. You are going to get the right result for the wrong reason. The impending death cross as the 50 day average falls below the 200 day average is what every one is focusing on...not to mention that JM's second forward contract will be complete tomorrow.
    Here is a hint for your next article since you want to play technical analyst. What does the slope of the fall of the 50 day average as it moves through the 200 day have to do with the fall rate of descent of the stock and its target price.
    If you really understood TA, you would have been able to predict SIRI's fall before $2.00.
    Looking forward to your next piece of fiction."

    Humorous, no?


    No admission, though. Go figure. SIRI hit $2.75 months later, and $3.25 or "close enough" to my $3.30 target before the Q4 call. You were looking for under $1 in 2012, yes? What happened to that? Even the bearish retrace in April / May / June along with the overall market didn't pull it back that far.

    You use such an arrogant, know it all tone, yet a quick look through your history of postings here and on yahoo clearly shows you have been wrong far more often than you have been right.

    What about the comment cut and pasted to Spencer Osborne's site?

    "If Spencer knew the first thing about securities law he wouldn’t have written an article that was blatantly stupid on it face and if one of you knew any thing about the basics of investing you would have called him on it long before I did. I warned you that I would be trying to get rid of those four likes.
    So how is JM going to do a legal buyback, remain in control of SIRI and have all you geniuses holding the bag. I will show you and I have been alluding to it for months. JM wants the FCC to give him de jure control before he converts the preferred. He will then convert just enough of the preferred to common so that he can replace the current board. The new board will lever up the company and do a buy back but it will only buy back JM’s unconverted preferred shares, not the common. All perfectly legal and you get a debt ridden company that JM still controls. Please tell me that there was at least one soul out there who actually had the brains to figure this out."

    Really? That's how it's gonna work, eh? Seems like your brain was the only one to figure this out. Tell me, how does this work now that LMCA has converted every last one of its preferred shares of stock? How stupid everyone else is, though...

    Your post from June 10th 2012 :

    "You think there is any possibility that Liberty is doing another forward contract with a target price of $1.90 and that when it needs to acquire shares under the target price, it merely drops the bid price and that is why the price declined to 1.86?
    While you are figuring that it go check the TU and THUR prints. You will see a number of block sales that didn't move the bid/ask. You think these could be negotiated sales to fill in the forward contract. If not how does an 8M share sale not move the bid/ask.
    Maybe you should consider an alternative theory or maybe you want to consider what happens WHEN THE FORWARD CONTRACT GETS FILLED."

    Second forward contract in June? No. Did you admit you were wrong? Nahhh ;)

    Or THIS brilliant gem :

    "I suggest you read my post yesterday and my response to the questions if you want to learn where the 302M shares came from. Ever hear of a pyramid of forward contracts...probably not. You might want to learn some of this stuff if you plan to keep writing these articles."

    Pyramid of forward contracts? It was done through UBS, one contract, and you even made claim that the reason you had been quiet as the stock rose from your short in the $1.80's up to $2.40 early in 2012 was because you HAD to be silent because YOU were part of the forward contract negotiations.

    Throw 100 darts and you are bound to hit the bullseye here and there. Remove the 98 that missed and it looks impressive... leave them there and the self proclaimed genius fades away, and arrogance looks like foolishness.
    Feb 16, 2013. 12:07 PM | 25 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM: Subscriber Headwinds Ahead [View article]
    "Although net new subscribers in each period has remained relatively stable"

    Your chart shows over two years it has remained on a relatively stable INCREASE from 370 or so to 720 + which is quite nearly a double. Yet you call this "stable" (because it fits with your opinion). There are few if any statisticians who will look at the graph you provided and say that that is steady.

    You then go on to mention the graph of deactivations as showing an increasing metric. The graph has a very similar slope to net additions. It is impossible for one graph overlayed on another, where each graph follows the same average trend and slope, to be completely different in analysis. You are skewing presentation of data to fit your assumptions. Bad idea.

    "Peaking New Car Sales"

    You mention 15.75 is near max. Yet 15.75 is 1.25 million off of the average 17 million. You also fail to account for the massive HOLE in the graph from the 2009 area. The problem here is that that hole needs to be filled over the next 7... 8 ? years. Don't give me a report saying Americans are driving less and a cut and paste from Rick Munarriz's daily Sirius XM update to meet his article quota over at The Motley Fool. The population is increasing, not decreasing. More cars will be needed and more will need replacing. The average (that "relatively stable" part.... ) thus will tend to trend a bit higher.

    There are multitudes of other errors here. A glaring omission of the fact that a new car buyer who was a previous sub might list as a deactivation but is really not as they roll into a gross conversion a quarter later (and the number of these will be increasing and they are certainly not a concern.) You ignore how this fits with decreasing "churn."

    Far too many assumptions are made and like you said you "just don't know" certain points of data. To make the worst assumptions in all cases, of course you will arrive at the conclusion that the world is ending tomorrow for Sirius XM. I mean, I can start writing a bunch of short, stay away from, or sell this stock, articles on here when I "just don't know" and decide to make up a bunch of negative assumptions but is that really good advice?

    "Take it from me, I don't have a clue!"

    Who would listen?

    Unfortunately it seems we'll be getting more of this, as you said "stay tuned" in your article here.

    "Friendly" suggestion?

    Know. Do more thorough research. Understand the multitude of issues going on with Sirius XM and the overall market and why they are all coming together to the point that the share price (all that matters to an investor... show me the money, right?) is behaving as it is. Look into the Latino programming. Understand how that plays into the used car channel. 40 million? Right? Give or take. Understand cash flow, share buybacks / return of capital to share holders, debt refinancing, etc. and how that plays into share price. Understand ARPU and how an increasing base subject to feathered price increases over time can have DRAMATIC effects in terms of revenue.

    I have heard this subscriber headwinds thing for years now. YEARS. Sure, eventually a guy will come around and fire this article out and be correct either in the short or long term, but I see no issue through 2014. Often we see argument that a stock is a sell because maybe possibly in 3 to 100 years something bad might / will happen, but is there value in that?

    You are making good attempts here, but it's not enough to even pull a golf clap. There are far too many errors in data and interpretation.
    Sep 29, 2013. 11:10 AM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Web 2.0 Will Destroy Sirius XM Radio [View article]
    I read the headline. No more reading was necessary.

    To save others the trouble, please view this clip from "Billy Madison" and consider it my response.
    Sep 28, 2012. 10:19 AM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM: Get Ready For The $4 Crowd [View article]
    "The whole article is just one man's opinion on investor behavior with a chart thrown in for good measure to make it look official."

    Yes! All articles are the opinion of the author! Excellent analysis of the analysis! :D
    Feb 9, 2015. 01:03 PM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • After Losing Lawsuit On Royalties, Sirius 'Not Happy' With The Turtles [View article]
    SIRI passes content costs on within the MRF (a royalty fee charged separately), and addition of pre 1972 royalties (Which the company has said they feel should be paid anyways) would pass through in the fee.

    It's unlikely to have any significant impact in what would amount to pennies a month. Problematic for Pandora, though, as they will simply pay more and don't have revenue to offset it... they're forced to raise advertising rates or number of advertisements. Neither would be attractive.
    Oct 20, 2014. 12:04 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Liberty Media: Buy Before This Happens [View article]
    Horrible. You do realize that for every 2 shares Mel sells that Liberty must buy 1, thus effectively reducing the effect of the increased number of shares on the market as sales by half. What makes you think his sales will cause the stock to "plunge" when 20 million went out last week and the shares subsequently ROSE? Likewise he sold in August, and the shares rose. He sold in July and the shares rose. Only May and June sales, in the middle of a bearish market overall, saw declines in the share price.

    "What this statement means for Sirius shareholders is pretty obvious. The share value will plunge because Karmazin will probably sell off the Sirius stock options he owns before he leaves. Since his current employment contract will end on December 31, that will be soon.

    Karmazin has apparently started the selloff. SEC paperwork shows that he sold 20,362,700 shares on September 17th, 18th, and 19th. What this effectively does is put a lot more Sirius shares on the market.

    It's not "obvious" because what you say is obvious is not going to happen as a result of the sales. Also, Karmazin has adopted a trading plan for the sale of these shares and he has been selling shares on a similar schedule since earlier in the year. It's fully expected he will sell the other portion once they vest and this has been covered repeatedly so this should come as no surprise to investors. It also doesn't really put a lot more shares on the market as these options already exist, and the shares are expected to print once they vest and are exercised.

    "It is in the interest of both Malone and Karmazin to knock this stock's value down. Malone wants to avoid a big tax bill, and Karmazin wants to rake in a big pile of cash by selling shares."

    This is crazy talk. Why would Karmazin want the share price DOWN if he wishes to receive capital from sale of shares? If you want to sell something don't you want the price UP? Why would Malone want to knock the share price DOWN to avoid taxes? Would you want your investments to decrease in value simply because you wished to make less profit and thus pay less tax? Claiming that either individual would like to see lower stock pricing at this point has absolutely no basis in reality.
    Sep 25, 2012. 09:03 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pandora Takes Huge Bite Out Of Sirius [View article]
    This article is so confusing, misinformed, and blatantly erroneous.... over and over and over again.
    Jun 8, 2012. 07:02 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM: Thoughts On Manipulation [View article]
    I understand there were other debt issuances. The company had problems, and firing off a convertible note and lending shares should have been understood that it would absolutely destroy the stock. I find it hard to believe that those in charge did not understand the consequences of what they were doing... that nearly 300 million shares being shorted into the market would kill shareholder value. I could go into conspiracy theories on all this but I won't because it wouldn't be particularly productive conversation (and this will be my first and last "manipulation" article).

    Regarding the lockup / restrictions I am referring to going over 50%. I understand the forward did not put them in that position. Perhaps I should have worded it as restrictions on going to a controlling stake. There is a small window to start buying and then needing to disclose such an agreement as a forward / option / whatever. Had they been able to secure more shares without breaking through $2.40 then I would argue that they would have. It's not particularly important to the article, though, and it's long enough without digging in depth into some of the issues you mention.

    I realize that the strike is no longer $1.875 but the strike is currently irrelevant as, unless you feel the stock will drop just shy of $2 from here, it's.... irrelevant at this point. The $550 million has dropped, yes, but it's not important to the article.
    Nov 28, 2014. 06:48 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM Customer Dis-Service [View article]
    I always find the comments claiming poor customer service and long wait times to be interesting. I have had several calls to SIRI over the years (the most recent subscribing my girlfriend's car after the free trial period) and never had a wait time longer than a few seconds, and arguably those few seconds were simply to ring me out to an operator.

    Now, I didn't want to go posting this so I just tried calling five different times from three different phones over the course of 30 minutes, two of these numbers are not tied to my own account (work phone, girlfriend's phone).

    ALL times I was connected to a human being in customer care IMMEDIATELY.

    I never understood the claims of 30 minute... 1 hour, 3 hour wait times, or whatever they are. I've never had a single issue.
    Dec 31, 2012. 04:54 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius XM: Thoughts On Manipulation [View article]
    There's a reason for that ! lol :)
    Nov 28, 2014. 01:47 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sirius Likely To Pay Dividend To Fuel Buyback [View article]
    Uhhh... you serious? 10 years at 650 mil shares a year ($2 bil around current pricing) = 6.5 bil shares, more than shares outstanding.

    That's a big dent, considering the dent would exceed the size of the target....
    May 2, 2014. 07:00 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment