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4 Stocks Spiking on Big Volume

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.

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Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling -- or buying or selling by "superinvestors."

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.

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With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.

YRC Worldwide

YRC Worldwide (YRCW), through its subsidiaries, provides various transportation services primarily in North America.. This stock closed up 18.3% to $10 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 3.20 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 779,494
Volume % Change: 264%

From a technical perspective, YRCW gapped up sharply and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $9.88 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of YRCW within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if YRCW manages to take out Monday's high of $10.50 to more near-term overhead resistance at $10.63 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in YRCW as long as it's trending above Friday's low of $9.05 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 779,494 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then YRCW will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $11.33 to more resistance at $12.38. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give YRCW a chance to tag $15.

SodaStream International

Stock quotes in this article: AWI, TBI, YRCW, SODA 

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