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3 Stocks Spiking on Big Volume


Pantry (PTRY) operates a convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S. It has operated 1,649 stores in 13 states under a number of selected banners including Kangaroo Express, its main operating banner. This stock is trading up 5.2% at $13.15 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 356,000

Average Volume: 123,846

Volume % Change: 329%

Shares of PTRY are moving higher today after Barron's said over the weekend that its popular Kangaroo Express convenience stores have been attracting more shoppers, making it the largest convenience-store operator in the Southeast. Barron's said the selloff in PTRY could be a buying opportunity for patient investors.

From a technical perspective, PTRY is gapping sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $12.33 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of PTRY within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if PTRY manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance levels at $13.25 to its 200-day moving average at $13.37 and then once it takes out more overhead resistance at $13.50 to $13.96 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PTRY as long as it's trending above today's low of $12.80 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 123,846 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PTRY will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $15 to $15.36. Any high-volume move above $15.36 to $15.37 will then put $16.36 into range for shares of PTRY.

U.S. Silica

U.S. Silica (SLCA) is a domestic producer of commercial silica, a specialized mineral that is a critical input into a variety of attractive end markets. This stock is trading up 3.8% at $22.54 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 2.71 million

Average Volume: 744,284

Volume % Change: 499%

From a technical perspective, SLCA is bouncing higher here right above some near-term support at $21.24 and above its 50-day moving average at $20.75 with monster upside volume. This bounce is coming after shares of SLCA recently sold off from its 52-week high of $28.50 to $21.24.

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