Traders position for LabCorp rally

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Laboratory Corporation of America is breaking out to new all-time highs, and the bulls are looking for a continued rally.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking system detected the purchase about 3,400 August 85 calls against open interest of 115 contracts. Most of the volume priced for $1.85.

LH Chart LH rose 2.08 percent to $81.91 in morning trading and is up 9 percent in the last month. The provider of medical-testing services popped higher Monday after it was rumored that Merck could buy larger rival Quest Diagnostics.

LH is climbing again today after reporting first-quarter earnings slightly below analysts' forecasts, though investors may be giving the company some leeway after unusually heavy snowstorms reduced patient traffic.

The shares spent four months consolidating around $76, but have now surged above their previous highs established in mid-2007. They must appreciate 6 percent for the calls purchased today to turn a profit.

Overall options volume in LH is fives times greater than average so far in the session, with calls outnumbering puts by 22 to 1.

(Chart courtesy of tradeMONSTER)



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Referenced Stocks: DGX , LH , MRK

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