Activist investor would be very beneficial to individual investors/stock price and would definitely "stir the pot". I have a feeling this quarter may be better than expected since the expectations are so low for the company. Also, they may announce the spin off and the terms of it.
I'm playing the short term call options, November $30. They are cheap and I bought about 50 for $0.10 a piece. There is a good chance they may expire worthless but worth risking $500 if there is some upside surprise in the report. The sentiment is so negative on the company and expectations are low, a beat may be in the cards. Also, they may give info on the spin off.
Again, I'm making a very risky bet but for only $500. If the stock jumps $5 next week, I stand to make about $5,000.
The beautiful thing is even if this stock moves up $1.50-$2.50 next week; I stand to make about 300%. I have 35 days before they expire and only risking $500 so I'm not too worried. Just like going to the casino with this bet.