Barrick Gold

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Barrick Gold ( ABX) is engaged in the production and sale of gold, as well as related activities, such as exploration and mine development. It also produces copper and holds interests in oil and gas properties located in Canada through its oil and gas subsidiary, Barrick Energy. The stock is trading up 0.50% at $52.33 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 7,013,000

Average Volume: 9,075,160

Volume % Change: 55%

From a technical standpoint, this stock is approaching a big breakout if it can manage to trade above some near-term resistance at $53.26 a share. A high-volume move above that level should set this stock up for a run back towards $55 to $56, or possibly even higher.

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Look for volume on any future breakout that tracks in close to or above its three-month average action of 9.07 million shares.

Barrick Gold was also featured recently in " 5 Rocket Stocks for Earnings Season."

For more ideas, check out the Stocks Rising on Unusual Volume portfolio.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Winderemere, Fla.

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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Windermere, Fla., is an independent trader who focuses on stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. He is also an outside contributor to Beconequity.com and maintains the website Maddmoney.net, which he sold to Blue Wave Advisors in 2008. Roberto studied International Business at The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany.

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