(CYOU) – A value buy with potential near term earning catalyst

So here is how I came across this name. As I mentioned in my old post “A Part Time Investor’s Investment Process”, I didn’t have a systematic way of sourcing idea, thus usually leaving the portfolio under-invested. More recently, I started playing around with some quantitative funds’ strategy selection criteria, and found LSV’s fit my style pretty well. It goes by two parts: 1) identify value opportunities, by looking at some traditional ratios including EPS, current P/B, current P/CF and current P/S, if any of the ratios is lower than industry median, keep them for step 2; and 2) eliminate “value traps” by examining the recent momentum (e.g. Relative Price Strength over past 26 weeks >=0 & Relative Price Strength over past 13 week is larger than that of past 26 weeks. What is does is basically to look for cheap stocks in a turnaround story, the idea being if the market recently recognize a name, it usually is not a value trap. For further information about LSV, you could visit for further research done by them.

CYOU came out from these filters and happened to be a Chinese ADR, which I thought I may be able to gain some informational edge by researching in its local language. First, still need to give credits to following posts provided me some directions. By the way, their timings are much better as the stock price already went up 40% from the price level they posted their ideas. However, without the recent price surge, it possibly won’t go through the step 2 of momentum checking, meaning I wouldn’t be able to see it until the name started to rebound anyway.

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Book Notes – So You Want to Start a Hedge Fund

I know it sounds like a cheesy book name, but like Joel Greenbaltt‘s classic “You Can Be a Stock Market Genius“, this is another great book with cheesy name. The author Ted Seides is one of David Swensen‘s proteges, having worked on both asset owner and money manager sides. Therefore, this book offers unique perspectives (from both capital allocator and money manager angles) on how to build a great money managing business. Lastly, although the book name may be alluding to step by step how-to guidance on starting a hedge, it doesn’t have anything like that. Rather it is fully loaded with real cases, about how start up funds succeeded or failed,  which are invaluable lessons for anyone considering starting their own money managing businesses.


I think I probably read this book too early as it could serve these readers with more experiences and are closer to the point of setting up their own funds. Nonetheless, following are the lessons I found most valuable to me. They either significantly changed my existing views or offered brand new insights to me. Continue reading