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What: Shares of for-profit educator ITT Educational Services
So what: ITT's 20% drop in new-student enrollments was more than twice as bad as Wall Street had expected and also represents the fourth straight quarter of declines. The shares have done well in 2011 despite the uncertainty surrounding for-profit educators, but today's disappointing enrollment number seems to be triggering fresh worries regarding the long-term impact of new industry regulations.
Now what: I'd look into this plunge as a possible entry point. Despite the big enrollment drop, ITT managed to beat Wall Street's top- and bottom-line expectations, and even raised the lower end of its full-year profit forecast. With the stock still trading at a forward P/E discount to industry peers like Apollo Group
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