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4 Stocks Rising on Big Volume

Stocks in this article: MGAMISISFIVEAJG

Arthur J. Gallagher

Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) and its subsidiaries are engaged in providing insurance brokerage and third-party claims settlement and administration services to entities in the U.S. and abroad. This stock closed up 1.3% at $36.31 on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Volume: 2.33 million

Average Volume: 593,788

Volume % Change: 274%

Shares of AJG trended up after the company reported revenue of $630.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 14.3% increase over what the firm reported in the same period the previous year.

From a technical perspective, AJG gapped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $35.68 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of AJG within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if AJG manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $36.85 to $36.87 and then once it clears more past resistance at $37.16 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AJG as long as it's trending above its 50-day moving average of $35.68, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 593,788 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then AJG will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory once it takes out $38.24. Some possible upside targets off any move above $38.24 are $40 to $43 in the near future.

Multimedia Games

Multimedia Games (MGAM) designs, manufactures and supplies standalone and networked gaming systems to Native American and commercial casino operators. This stock closed up 17% at $16.72 on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Volume: 1.12 million

Average Volume: 184,844

Volume % Change: 489%

Shares of MGAM skyrocketed higher after the company easily beat Wall Street earnings estimates by 11 cents per share, beat on revenues and raised its fiscal 2013 EPS and revenue guidance above consensus.

From a technical perspective, MGAM gapped up here right above its 50-day moving average of $14.32 with massive upside volume. This move has started to push shares of MGAM into breakout territory and new 52-week high territory, since the stock has taken out some past overhead resistance at $16.76. At last check, MGAM hit an intraday high of $17.43 and closed well above its daily low of $15.31.

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