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Banc of America downgrades Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI
) to sell from neutral.
Analyst Jonathan Jacoby believes the current valuation more than discounts near-term catalysts that might be envisioned. He says the stock could move higher with better than expected subscription numbers by a Stern move, a Toyota deal, and/or speculation on take-out.
However, based on his valuation metrics, at yesterday's closing price, the stock is discounting 14.5 million subscribers by 2010, significantly ahead of even his super-bullish scenario of 12 million. Jacoby has a new $3.6 billion target price, based on discounted cash flow, Price/Forward free cash flow, and perpetuity value of net present value/subscriptions.