Sirius shares are down almost 4% year-to-date as of Thursday's close, despite bullish notes by two separate analysts over the past week.
Last Friday, Jessica Reif Cohen, analyst at Bank of America (BAC), issued a buy rating on the stock and slapped it with a $5 price target. Monday, it was Evercore Partners reinstating Sirius stock with an "overweight" rating, while placing a $4.50 price target on the shares.
So why is Sirius' stock not behaving the way these analysts believe they should? What are they seeing that the rest of the market isn't? While I can't speak for the rest of the market, I can certainly tell you what I see.
First the good points; Sirius has undoubtedly done well over the past year. The company has defied skeptics and has steadily grown free-cash-flow. Even more impressive, Sirius has achieved this in the face cheaper alternatives from the likes of Pandora (P) and Spotify. But this is all about to change. And the company has already shown the signs.
Sirius relies predominantly on new car sales for its subscription revenue and profits. Over the past five years, Sirius' stock has benefited greatly from a strong auto sales market. According to Edmunds, an automobile research firm, things are supposed to be even rosier in 2014, in terms of light vehicle sales. Citing "pent-up demand," Edmunds projects 16.4 million cars will be sold this year.