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Top 10 'Buy'-Rated Stocks Under $5

BOSTON ( TheStreet) --Stocks trading under $5 typically have no analysts' coverage -- never mind a "buy" rating -- leaving investors to do the homework for themselves. However, a select few boast of favorable coverage from analysts, which can direct share-price movements. The following 10 U.S. stocks trade at less than $5 and have garnered the most "buy" ratings from analysts.

10. Sirius XM (SIRI)

Company Profile: Sirius XM broadcasts music, sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather channels in the U.S. for a subscription fee through its proprietary satellite radio systems. So-called shock jock Howard Stern is a radio personality on Sirius.

Share Price: $1.05 (Sept. 8)

2010 Stock Performance: 75%

Analyst Consensus: Sirius XM ranks in the top 10 with eight analyst "buy" ratings. Another three say investors should hold the stock. No research firm has a "sell" rating on Sirius XM. The average of seven recent stock-price targets is $1.29, which is 23% above where the stock currently trades.

Bullish Case: Miller Tabak analyst David Joyce reiterated his "buy" rating on Sirius XM in a Sept. 3 research note, saying subscriber-acquisitions costs (SAC) per gross addition of $65 "should continue to trend down, due to less expensive consumer-electronics equipment over time." Joyce has a short-term price target of $1.25 and a long-term price target of $1.45.

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