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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 with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success. ¿

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside.

Swift Energy

Swift Energy (SFY) - Get Report is engaged in acquiring, exploring, developing and operating oil and natural gas properties. This stock is trading up 10.4% to $2.54 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $2.33-$2.57
52-Week Range: $1.99-$13.12
Thursday's Volume: 890,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 3.36 million

From a technical perspective, SFY is ripping sharply higher here and breaking out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.48 to just over $2.50 with strong upside volume flows. This stock recently formed a triple bottom chart pattern, after buyers moved in to support the stock at $2.05, $1.99 and $2 a share. Following that bottom, shares of SFY have now started to spike higher and break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels. Traders should now look for a continuation move to the upside in the short-term if SFY manages to clear Thursday's intraday high of $2.57 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SFY as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $2.20 or above $2 and then once it sustains a move or close above $2.57 with volume that hits near or above 3.36 million shares. If that move gets started soon, then SFY will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3 to its 50-day moving average of $3.40.

Goodrich Petroleum

Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) - Get Report , an independent oil and natural gas company, is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. This stock is trading up 14.2% to $3.12 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $2.78-$3.16
52-Week Range: $2.35-$30.52
Thursday's Volume: 2.70 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 3.35 million

From a technical perspective, GDP is ripping sharply higher here with strong upside volume flows. Shares of GDP have started to break out on Thursday with the stock taking out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.96 to $3.14. This breakout is coming after shares of GDP recently formed a triple bottom chart pattern, after buyers stepped in to support the stock at $2.45, $2.47 and $2.35. Traders should now look for a continuation trade to the upside if GDP manages to clear Thursday's intraday high of $3.16 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GDP as long as it’s trending above Thursday's intraday low of $2.79 or above its new 52-week low of $2.35 and then once it takes out Thursday's intraday high of $3.16 with volume that hits near or above 3.35 million shares. If that move gets underway soon, then GDP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $4.07 to around $4.50.

North Atlantic Drilling

North Atlantic Drilling (NADL) operates as an offshore drilling services contractor in the North Atlantic region. This stock is trading up 4.1% to $1.74 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.68-$1.79
52-Week Range: $1.12-$11.50
Thursday's Volume: 630,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 2.19 million

From a technical perspective, NADL is trending higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $1.70 with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been uptrending strong over the last month, with shares moving higher from its low of $1.12 to its recent high of $1.80. During that uptrend, shares of NADL have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This spike to the upside on Thursday is now quickly pushing shares of NADL within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if NADL manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.77 to $1.80 and then above $1.82 to $1.98 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NADL as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $1.60 or at $1.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 2.19 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then NALD will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.26 to around $3.

Midstates Petroleum

Midstates Petroleum (MPO) is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas in the U.S. This stock is trading up 3% to $1.36 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.33-$1.40
52-Week Range: $1.05-$7.50
Thursday's Volume: 503,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 849,684

From a technical perspective, MPO is trending higher here right above some near-term support at $1.31 with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been attempting to carve out a major bottoming pattern over the last month, with shares finding buying interest at $1.15, $1.17 and $1.16. Shares of MPO have now started to spike higher off those support levels and it's beginning to move within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if MPO manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.50 to its 50-day moving average of $1.55 and then above more resistance at $1.63 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MPO as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $1.31 or above $1.15 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 849,684 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MPO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $1.88 to $2.50.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis.

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At the time of publication, author had a long position in shares of Liquid Holdings (LIQD). Roberto Pedone, based out of Delafield, Wis., is an independent trader who focuses on technical analysis for small- and large-cap stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. Roberto studied international business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany. His work has appeared on financial outlets including CNBC.com and Forbes.com. You can follow Pedone on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zerosum24 or @zerosum24.