(Howard Stern Sirius XM contract article updated with additional analyst commentary.)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shock jock Howard Stern announced he signed a new 5-year contract with Sirius XM ( SIRI - Get Report) this morning, ending months of speculation regarding his plans. His announcement came less than one month before his original 5-year, $500 million deal was due to expire. The news may not come as a surprise, after the majority of TheStreet readers who took our poll said they thought Stern was going to stay on at Sirius. Of the 9,780 voters, 51.8% expected Stern to sign a contract with Sirius for two years or less, while 32.2% said he would sign a contract for 3 years or more. Only 16% of voters believed Stern would take his talent elsewhere. >>Sirius XM: Hirings, Firings and Negotiations Analyst Barton Crockett of Lazard Capital said Stern's renewing with Sirius was "consistent with expectations."