Editor's Note

One of these stock is rising on better earnings, one is not. Changyou just paid a special dividend of $9.40 or half its share price. Shares are rising on raised earnings guidance. ASPS is falling from lack of investor interest in a complicated business structure headquartered out of the US.



NEW BULLISH Plays

CYOU - Changyou.com Ltd - Company Profile

Changyou.com Limited develops and operates online games in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through Online Game, Platform Channel, and Cinema Advertising segments. It develops, operates, and licenses online games, including interactive online games that are accessed and played simultaneously by various game players through personal computers; and mobile games played on mobile devices. The company also operates 17173.com Website, an information portal that provides news, electronic forums, online videos, and other information services on online games to game players; and offers various software applications for PCs and mobile devices, as well as purchases pre-film cinema advertising slots from movie theater operators for advertisers. As of December 31, 2018, it had approximately 4.9 million total average monthly active accounts; and 1.6 million total active paying accounts. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. Changyou.com Limited is a subsidiary of Sohu.com Limited. Company description from FinViz.com.

Changyou reported earnings of 69 cents, up from 30 cent in the year ago quarter. Revenue of $123 million and beat estimates for $115.85 million. They guided for Q2 for revenue of $110-$120 million and earnings between 41-50 cents. Analysts were expecting $106.8 million and 46 cents.

The company also announced a special dividend of $9.40 that was paid on June 3rd. As is customary the price of the stock was reduced by the $9 paid in the dividend. Shares held at $9 for several days before moving higher.

With rising earnings and the special dividend behind them, the stock should continue to rise to its prior level.

Earnings July 29th.

Buy CYOU shares, currently $10.43, stop $9.43.
Optional: Buy July $11 call, currently 55 cents. No initial stop loss.



NEW BEARISH Plays

ASPS - Altisource Portfolio Solutions - Company Description

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. operates as an integrated service provider and marketplace for the real estate and mortgage industries in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Mortgage Market and Real Estate Market. The company offers property preservation and inspection, real estate brokerage and auction, title insurance and settlement, appraisal management, broker and non-broker valuation, foreclosure trustee, mortgage charge-off collection, residential and commercial loan disbursement processing, and residential and commercial construction inspection and risk mitigation services, as well as valuation data; residential and commercial loan servicing, vendor management, marketplace transaction and payment management, and default services technologies; and document management platform. It also provides fulfillment, loan certification, and mortgage banker cooperative management services; loan origination system; loan certification and mortgage fraud insurance; and vendor management oversight platform. In addition, the company offers mortgage brokerage and homeowners insurance solutions; and buy-renovate-lease-sell and data solutions, as well as real estate brokerage services under the Owners.com name. Further, it provides post-charge-off consumer debt collection services, customer relationship management services, and information technology infrastructure management services. The company serves financial institutions, government-sponsored enterprises, utility companies, commercial banks, servicers, investors, non-bank originators, correspondent lenders, mortgage bankers, insurance companies, and financial services companies. Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Company description from FinViz.com.

Earnings July 25th.

Altisource is an uninspiring company. Their earnings read like a list of excuses by a 4th grader on why they don't have their homework. Revenue is falling and they are selling off multiple divisions where their business plan failed to produce results.

In the US they might be forgiven for a few bad decisions, but they are located in Luxembourg. That effectively takes them out of the normal reporting and recourse solutions. They may be a good company but their list of excuses is causing investors to lose interest.

With revenue in Q1 of $165 million and earnings of only $200,000, there is little room for error. The adjusted earnings have more notes than what should be legal.

They have sold their property management business. They are selling their buy-renovate-lease-sell business. They are selling their financial services business. The proceeds will be used to reduce debt. The key point here is that investors are losing interest. Shares closed at a new low on Friday.

Sell short ASPS shares, currently $19.00, stop loss $20.50.
Options are thinly traded and premiums not realistic.



Entry disclaimer: To avoid an unfavorable entry point, we will not launch a new play if the stock gaps more than $1.00 at the market open.