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ADP Pullback Draws Buyers

David Russell | Writer, OptionMonster
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Automatic Data Processing pulled back yesterday, and the bulls stepped in.

OptionMonster's tracking systems detected the purchase of about 3,200 April 62.50 calls for $0.35. Volume was more than 23 times the strike's open interest before the session began, indicating that new money was put to work in the trade.

These calls lock in the price where investors can buy shares, giving them the potential to generate some nice leverage in the event of a rally. But if the stock stays below the $62.50 strike price, they will expire worthless.

ADP shares fell 1.54 percent to $60.27 yesterday. The slow-moving payroll stock has been grinding higher for the last 2-1/2 years, recently touching its best level since late 2000.

Total option volume was five times greater than average in the company yesterday, with calls accounting for a bullish 80 percent of the total.

—By CNBC Contributor David Russell

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David Russell is a reporter and writer for OptionMonster. Russell has no positions in ADP.