MADISON, Wis. ( Stockpickr) -- Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don't just look at a stock's price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a large spike in volatility.
Unusual volume can also be a major signal that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. These types of traders like to get in well before a large spike, so it's always a smart move to monitor unusual volume. That said, remember to combine trend and price action with unusual volume. Put them all together to help you decipher the next big trend for any stock.With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today. >>Stocks Are Doomed. Buy More Stocks. Vishay Intertechnology Vishay Intertechnology ( VSH) is a global manufacturer and supplier of discrete semiconductors. This stock is trading up 3.5% to $13.00 in recent trading. Today's Volume: 2.08 million
Average Volume: 1.52 million
Volume % Change: 160% From a technical perspective, VSH is trending higher here right below its 50-day moving average at $13.02 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending for the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $11.54 to its intraday high of $13.15. During that move, shares of VSH have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of VSH within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if VSH manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $12.92 to $13.01 and then once it takes out its intraday high of $13.15 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in VSH as long as it's trending above $12.50, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.52 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then VSH will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $13.50 to its 52-week high at $13.98. Any high-volume move above $13.98 will then put $14 to $16 into range for shares of VSH.