ITT Education gets a bearish grade


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ITT Educational Services started June with a bang, but one bear apparently thinks that it will go out with a whimper.

optionMONSTER's Depth Charge tracking system detected the purchase of about 2,800 June 77.50 puts for about $0.59 and the sale of an equal number of June 72.50 puts for $0.09. Volume was more than triple open interest in both strikes.

This put spread resulted in a net debit of $0.50 and will earn a maximum profit of 900 percent if the for-profit college stock closes at or below $72.50 on expiration.

ESI rose 0.89 percent to $82.86 in morning trading. It surged 21 percent on June 2 after the Education Department issued new rules regulating student loans. The regulations were more lenient than feared, removing a cloud of uncertainty hanging over an industry that relies on government money for most of its revenue.

Today's option trade reflects a belief that ESI may now push lower and fill the bullish gap that occurred after the news came out.

Puts outnumber calls by 17 to 1 in the stock, which reflects the bearish sentiment.

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