Impac Mortgage

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Impac Mortgage ( IMH) focuses on mortgage and real estate services including primarily mortgage lending activities and portfolio loss mitigation and real estate service activities, and the management of the long-term mortgage portfolio. This stock is trading up 21% at $12.25 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 452,000

Average Volume: 163,627

Volume % Change: 577%

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From a technical perspective, IMH is gapping sharply higher here right off some near-term support at $10 with above-average volume. This move has started to push IMH into breakout and 52-week-high territory, since the stock has moved above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $11.57 to $11.94.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IMH as long as it's trending above those breakout levels with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above its three-month average action of 163,627 shares as bullish. If IMH can maintain that trend, then this stock has a great chance of trending up towards $15 or higher in the near future.

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-- 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 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.

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