DELAFIELD, 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.>>5 Stocks Under $10 Set to Soar With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today. Ducommun Ducommun ( DCO) provides engineering and manufacturing services mainly to the aerospace and defense industry through a wide spectrum of electronic and structural applications. This stock closed up 3.9% at $28.68 in Monday's trading session. Monday's Volume: 229,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 86,853
Volume % Change: 174% >>5 Stocks With Big Insider Buying From a technical perspective, DCO jumped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $26.30 with above-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways inside of a consolidation pattern for the last two months, with shares moving between $25.91 on the downside and $29.37 on the upside. Shares of DCO are now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern. That breakout will hit if DCO manages to take out Monday's high of $29.31 and then once it clears its 52-week high at $29.37 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DCO as long as it's trending above Monday's low of $27.50 or above its 50-day at $26.30 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that this near or above 86,853 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then DCO will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $33 to $35.