Stocks that are making large moves like these are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down are usually in play because their sector is becoming attractive or they have a major fundamental catalyst such as a recent earnings release. Sometimes stocks making big moves have been hit with an analyst upgrade or an analyst downgrade.
Regardless of the reason behind it, when a stock makes a large-percentage move, it is often just the start of a new major trend -- a trend that can lead to huge profits. If you time your trade correctly, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success.>>Why You Should Buy Hedge Funds' 5 Favorite Stocks With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside today. Altair Nanotechnologies Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI) develops, manufactures and sells nano lithium titanate batteries and energy storage systems. This stock closed up 13.7% to $5.70 in Thursday's trading session. Thursday's Range: $5.00-$5.74
52-Week Range: $2.02-$8.00
Thursday's Volume: 97,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 116,922 >>5 Stocks With Big Insider Buying From a technical perspective, ALTI soared higher here right above some near-term support at $4.50 with decent upside volume. This stock recently formed a major bottoming pattern between $4.30 and $4.50. Following that bottom, shares of ALTI have started to spike sharply higher and move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if ALTI manages to take out Thursday's high of $5.75 and once it clears some key near-term overhead resistance at $6 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ALTI as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $5 or above $4.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 116,922 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ALTI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $7.50 to its 52-week high at $8. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give ALTI a chance to tag $9.