Monday, October 30, 2006

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October 30, 2006

Is It Time to Turn Off XM?
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz (TMFBreakerRick)10/30/2006

The Motley Fool Rule Breakers growth investing service has been making buy and sell recommendations for members since 2004. Now it's time for those members to help shape the service, through the "Take That!" contest currently under way. Readers nominated the companies they thought were no longer Rule Breakers and that should be sold from the scorecard, and the five best bear cases are now up for a vote. The winning (losing!) stock will be revealed in the next issue of Rule Breakers -- and quite possibly a sell recommendation to go along with it!

A year ago, I recommended XM Satellite Radio(Nasdaq: XMSR) to subscribers of our Motley Fool Rule Breakers growth investing service. Even though I would prefer to talk about the two picks of mine that have doubled since being singled out in the newsletter -- wedding-planning site The Knot(Nasdaq: KNOT) and cruise-ship spa specialist Steiner Leisure(Nasdaq: STNR) -- this one has been a dreadful performer. It has shed nearly two-thirds of its value since I gave it the nod.

It hasn't been pretty. XM is still the overall market share leader with 7.2 million subscribers, but the company has let rival Sirius Satellite Radio(Nasdaq: SIRI) close the gap for four consecutive quarters. The boardroom has also suffered a pair of defections, despite the growing popularity of satellite radio.

So is it time to tune out and bail on XM, or is now the time to pump up the volume and take advantage of a lower share price? ...read more: here

10/30/2006 06:46:00 PM

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