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.

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.

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

Forward Pharma

Forward Pharma (FWP) - Get Report, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the provision of dimethyl fumarate formulations for the treatment of various immune disorders. This stock is trading up 2.6% at $24.26 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 88,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 55,133
Volume % Change: 217%

From a technical perspective, FWP is trending higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $22.86 with above-average volume. This stock has been attempting to carve out a bottoming chart pattern over the last two months, with shares finding buying interest each time it has pulled back to around $22.50. Shares of FWP are now starting to spike higher here right above those support levels and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if FWP manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $24.50 to $25 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in FWP as long as it's trending above its 50-day moving average of $22.86 or above more support at $22.50 to $22 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 55,133 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then FWP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $26.69 to its 52-week high of $27.44.

Kandi Technologies Group

Kandi Technologies Group (KNDI) - Get Report, through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes various vehicles. This stock is trading up 8.9% at $14.41 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 2.79 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 782,656
Volume % Change: 840%

From a technical perspective, KNDI is gapping up sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $13.11 with monster upside volume flows. This sharp move to the upside on Monday has briefly pushed shares of KNDI back above its 200-day moving average of $14.52 and briefly into breakout territory above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $14.21 to $14.64. Shares of KNDI have now pulled back off its intraday high of $14.83 to its current level of around $14.40. This stock is now starting to set up to trigger another big breakout trade above some key overhead resistance levels. That trade will trigger if KNDI manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $14.98 to $16 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in KNDI as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $13.88 or above its 50-day moving average at $13.11 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 782,656 shares. If that breakout gets started soon, then KNDI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at $18.

Global Brass and Copper Holdings

Global Brass and Copper Holdings (BRSS) - Get Report operates as a converter, fabricator, distributor and processor of specialized copper and brass products in North America. This stock is trading up 3.2% to $15.29 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 90,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 115,146
Volume % Change: 98%

From a technical perspective, BRSS is spiking notably higher here right above its 200-day moving average of $14.32 with decent upside volume flows. This stock has been uptrending very strong for the last three months, with shares moving higher from its low of $11.46 to its recent high of $15.94. During that uptrend, shares of BRSS have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This move to the upside on Monday is now starting to push shares of BRSS within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if BRSS manages to clear Monday's intraday high of $15.44 and then once it takes out some more near-term overhead resistance at $15.94 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BRSS as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $14.77 or above its 200-day moving average of $14.32 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 115,146 shares. If that breakout kicks off soon, then BRSS will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $17 to its 52-week high of $17.41, or even $18 to $19.

Zumiez

Zumiez (ZUMZ) - Get Report operates as a multi-channel specialty retailer of action sports related apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods. This stock is trading up 5.8% at $39.40 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 284,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 262,933
Volume % Change: 117%

From a technical perspective, ZUMZ is ripping sharply higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $38.65 with above-average volume. This large spike to the upside on Monday is now quickly pushing shares of ZUMZ within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That trade will hit if ZUMZ manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $40.20 to $40.25 and then above its 52-week high of $41.81 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ZUMZ as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $37 or above more near-term support at $35.89 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 262,933 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then ZUMZ will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $45 to $50.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.