) -- Several stocks trading under $ were poised to move on above-average volume during Thursday's session.



jumped by 43 cents, or close to 9%, to $5.30, the biggest Nasdaq gainer in the premarket session, after the company announced it had commenced a third phase of trials in a lung cancer drug, Stimuvax, in conjunction with German pharmaceutical giant


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The 50-day average daily volume for Oncothyreon is 308,000, according to the Nasdaq.



was among the most active pre-market trades for a second-consecutive morning on Thursday, jumping by 19 cents, or a little over 3%, to $6.30.

Yesterday, Netlist filed a legal motion to have a patent infringement lawsuit against it thrown out arguing the case lacked merit. The 50-day average daily volume for Netlist is 3.6 million, according to the Nasdaq.


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was up 9 cents, or 1.5%, to $6.20, a pre-market favorite, was again among the most active gainers in the early morning Thursday.

The Greek debt crisis sparked fears that its shipping companies would suffer a guilty-by-association hit on their shares, and DryShips slipped close to 40 cents during the first two days of the week, but has since been moving less dramatically.

The 50-day average daily volume for DryShips is 23 million, according to the Nasdaq.

Apollo Investment Corp

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was down 14 cents or 1.4% to $9.68. The debt investment firm priced an initial public offering of shares at $9.82 yesterday.

The 50-day average daily volume for Apollo is 1.4 million, according to the Nasdaq.

-- Written by Eric Rosenbaum in New York


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