5 Stocks Rising on Monster Volume

NEW YORK (Stockpickr) -- Professional traders don't just look at a stock's price moves; they also look for big changes in volume.

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.

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

Quest Software

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Quest Software ( QSFT) designs, develops, markets, distributes and supports enterprise systems management software products. The stocks was recently trading up $4.57, or 23.6%, at $23.97 after announcing that it would be taken private by Insight Venture Partners for close to $2 billion.

Volume: 10.1 million

Average Volume: 590,600

Volume % Change: 1,613%

Ratings: Of seven analysts covering the stock, three rate it a buy, and four rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a B- buy rating on Quest Software, with a $23.62 price target.

Vocus

Vocus ( VOCS) is a provider of on-demand software for public relations management. The stock was recently trading up 85 cents, or 6.3%, at $14.29.

Volume: 667,560

Average Volume: 124,100

Volume % Change: 438%

Ratings: Of 10 analysts covering the stock, five rate it a buy, and five rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a C- hold rating on Vocus.

Vocus was featured recently in " 5 Stocks Set to Soar off Bullish Earnings."

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China Mobile

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China Mobile ( CHL) provides a range of mobile telecommunications services in all 31 provinces, autonomous regions and directly-administered municipalities in Mainland China as well as in Hong Kong.. The stocks was recently trading up $2.52, or 4.8%, at $55.11.

Volume: 3.75 million

Average Volume: 877,900

Volume % Change: 328%

China Mobile was also featured recently in " 5 Big Stocks to Trade for March Gains" and " 5 Chinese Stocks With Breakout Potential."

Smith & Wesson Holding

Smith & Wesson Holding ( SWHC) manufactures an array of pistols, revolvers, tactical rifles, hunting rifles, black powder firearms, handcuffs, and firearm-related products and accessories. The stocks was recently trading up $1.16, or 20.5%, at $6.82 after upping its sales forecast for the year.

Volume: 6.85 million

Average Volume: 668,000

Volume % Change: 926%

Ratings: Of six analysts covering the stock, five rate it a buy, and one rates it hold. TheStreet Ratings has a D sell rating on Smith & Wesson.

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Tibet Pharmaceuticals

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Tibet Pharmaceuticals ( TBET) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of modernized traditional Tibetan medicines.. The stock was recently trading up 5 cents, or 3.1%, at $1.65.

Volume: 601,840

Average Volume: 13,800

Volume % Change: 4,261%

Tibet was included on a list of the 5 Worst IPOs of 2011.

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