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Howard Stern: Will He Leave Sirius?

Howard Stern's pending contract is a mystery to Sirius XM investors. Take our poll and tell us if you think Stern will sign with Sirius when his contract is up at this year's end.

(Howard Stern poll article updated with Sirius XM's third-quarter earnings results.)



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Sirius XM

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has been hard at work renegotiating several major contracts with big name personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart this year.

In September

Opie and Anthony re-signed with the satellite radio company

for two more years. The company also appears to be close to finalizing a deal with the National Football League.

Despite the recent spate of contract finalization, the fate of one of its biggest-name talents, Howard Stern, remains unknown.

>>Howard Stern's Road to Sirius XM

Stern is in the final months of his five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius, and as often as he has hinted at leaving, he has just as often suggested that he wants to stay.

Today, Sirius XM

reported it swung to a penny-a-share profit in the third quarter

, but said it has not yet secured Howard Stern.

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Sirius hoped to have an update on Stern by now, CEO Mel Karmazin told analysts on an earnings call Thursday, but "the discussions continue," he said.

While the will-he, won't-he talk sets the stage for negotiations, shareholders await an outcome that is sure to sway Sirius stock one way or the other.

Management may be looking to sign Stern for the long term, but reports claim that he isn't ready to commit and that he may be looking to reduce the amount of time he spends on air each week.

Now we'd like to know what you think. Will Howard Stern sign a deal with Sirius? Take our poll, and see what other readers of



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