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 Rocket Stocks Worth Buying This Week With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today. IdaCorp IdaCorp ( IDA) is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, sale and purchase of electric energy. This stock closed up 3.2% at $53.13 in Monday's trading session. Monday's Volume: 1.17 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 276,588
Volume % Change: 332% From a technical perspective, IDA gapped up notably higher here and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $52.94 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last three months and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $45.24 to its intraday high of $53.44. During that uptrend, shares of IDA have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This move on Monday is now quickly pushing shares of IDA within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if IDA manages to take out Monday's high of $53.44 to its 52-week high at $54.74 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IDA as long as it's trending above Monday's low of $52.17 or above its 50-day at $50.85 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 276,588 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then IDA will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $58 to $60.