Sirius XM Radio Inc (SIRI): A Recap Of This Past Week

Things never get dull for the country’s lone satellite-radio provider. Shares of Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) moved higher this week, closing 3.7% higher to hit $3.12. The general market moved higher, but Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI)’s gain was better than the Nasdaq’s 2.3% pop.

Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI)There was more going on beyond the share-price gyrations, though. Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) kicked off the week by presenting at a Latin Music conference. Short interest declined through the first half of April. Investors and analysts also began to jockey for position ahead of Tuesday morning’s quarterly report.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Trinity Colon, Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI)’s vice president of programming, was a panelist during the first panel discussion of the 24th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference. Colon shared the stage with Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)‘s Marcos Juarez and Spotify Latin America’s Bahigh Acuna to discuss the opportunities available to Latin music artists in the era of satellite and Internet radio.

Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) made broadening its Latin music offerings a priority during the Sirius XM Radio Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI) 2.0 expansion, though the new platform hasn’t taken off the way that investors probably were hoping that it would. Colon discussed the composition of its subscribers who tune in to its several Latin music stations, pointing out that they are often bilingual drivers who also enjoy talk, sports, and comedy.

“Our focus is on the bicultural, bilingual U.S. population,” Colon said, as retold by Billboard. “Someone who is interested in Latino music would also be interested in listening to Howard Stern or our ’70s channel.”

Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)’s Juarez also discussed the challenges of addressing a diverse market within the Latin community.

“We have immigrants, first generation, second generation, monolingual, bilingual — our goal is to have something for everyone,” he said.

In that sense, it’s good that Sirius XM’s online initiatives can afford that kind of deep Pandora-like personalization through the recently introduced MySXM.

Short people
Bears continue to clear out of Sirius XM, as there were 378.5 million shares sold short. Yes, that’s a lot of naysayers, but it’s actually the third exchange reporting period in a row in which short interest has declined. This is Sirius XM’s lowest shorting activity since the end of last year.

Don’t worry, bulls. That’s still plenty of ammo for a short squeeze should Sirius XM deliver strong quarterly results on Tuesday.