Cavium ( CAVM) is a provider of semiconductor processors that enable processing for networking, communications, storage, wireless, security, video and connected home and office applications. This stock is trading up 7.6% at $36 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 2.30 million

Average Volume: 952,560

Volume % Change: 261%

Shares of CAVM are exploding higher today after the company reported stronger-than-expected fourth quarter results, and Stifel Nicolaus increased their price target and maintained their buy rating on the stock.

From a technical perspective, CAVM is gapping up sharply here right above its 50-day moving average of $32.7 with monster upside volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if CAVM manages to take out some near-term and past overhead resistance levels at $36 to $36.61 and then $36.67 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CAVM as long as it's trending above today's low of $34.10, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 952,560 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then CAVM will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $42 to $45.39.

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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 and You can follow Pedone on Twitter at or @zerosum24.

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