Akorn ( AKRX) manufactures and markets diagnostic and therapeutic ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, as well as hospital drugs and injectable pharmaceuticals. This stock is trading up 4.8% at $16.52 in recent trading. Today's Volume: 1.45 million Average Volume: 1.1 million Volume % Change: 121% >>4 Drug Stocks Facing FDA Approval Decisions Shares of AKRX are ripping higher today after Piper Jaffray said base their base generic business keeps looking solid and its third-quarter results hold the potential for significant upside. The firm has an overweight rating on the stock with a $21 price target. From a technical perspective, AKRX is ripping higher here off some near-term support at $15.60 with above average volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of a major breakout trade. That trade will hit once AKRX takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $16.70 with high-volume. At last check, AKRX has hit an intraday high of $16.87 and volume is well above its three-month average of 1.1 million shares. Traders should now look for long-biased trades as long as AKRX is trending above $16.70 to $16.87 with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above 1.1 million shares as bullish. If we continue to see that action, then look for AKRX to hit $20 in the near future.